The other day I tweeted about water all day and that is when I decided it would be great to share my water recipe. I know that sounds silly, but I am a bigger fan of an icy, cold Diet Coke than I am of water. That is why I need to help the water I drink have a little pizzazz.
The majority of your body (67-70 percent) is water which makes drinking water a vital component to staying healthy. On top of that, drinking water will help you lose weight and have a flatter stomach if it is coupled with a few exercises. Yes, I did say “exercise” and not in the context as something evil. Doing simple exercises such as the infamous sit-ups, crunches, leg lifts and bicycles will help tone those abdominal muscles. However, in order to have a nicely defined tummy, one must drink water.
Let me tell you a few things about water and the body:
- Water is made up of two elements, hydrogen and oxygen and is better know by its chemical formula – H2O.
- Between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with some form of water.
- Pure water has a pH level of 7 and has no smell and no taste.
- Most people around the world have clean water to drink, but many poorer countries have polluted water which can cause deadly diseases.
- The brain is approximately 85 percent water.
- The blood is approximately 79 percent water.
- Water helps to remove waste from the body.
- Water absorbs shock to vital organs and protects the eyes.
- By the time a person feels thirsty, the body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.
- 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
- Mild dehydration will slow down down the metabolism as much as 3 percent.
- Dehydration can occur in any season.
- A lack of water can cause gas and slow digestion which lead to a bloated abdomen.
- The lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue.
- A 2 percent drop in body water can cause fuzzy short-term memory and difficulty in focusing.
- Water is not fattening.
- A glass of water in the evening will shut down the midnight munchies.
- Small sips of water are better than chug-a-lugging a glass or two at once.
- Your food can add about three cups of water to your diet each day.
- Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water each day can ease back and joint pain in 80 percent of sufferers.
- Water intoxication is drinking too much water too quickly and is most like to occur during intense athletic performance.
I do not think I have to worry about the last one happening to me – obviously.
Not drinking enough water is really among the last of my bad habits. I have been slowly adding more water to my regular routine for about three months and I look at people exercising in magazines and on television all the time. (smile) Rome was not built in a day and neither will my six pack abs.
Squeeze them slightly to release the juice and add to pitcher of water.
It is not fattening.
It does not taste plain.
It will help me have six pack abs.
It does not taste like Diet Coke.
Help Your Digestion Water Recipe
6 cups of water
½ teaspoon ginger, peeled and grated
3 mint leaves
10 thin slices of cucumber
5 thin slices of lemon
2 thin slices of lime
Clean and prepare ginger, mint leaves, cucumber, lemon and lime. Add to water in pitcher. Squeeze the ingredients slightly when adding to water. Stir. Refrigerate overnight.
The cucumbers will taste refreshing while improving the look of your skin while the ginger will assist in digestion or calming an upset stomach. Of course, do not forget all the nutritional benefits that the slices of lemon will add to the water.
Cheers to my future six pack abs!