SFH #8: It's a Water World 🌎

Tips on getting more water into your day

Earth is often referred to as "the blue planet" because of the sheer amount of water covering its surface. About 71 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans 🌊 hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water. 

Human beings can only survive a few days without water. It's the most critical resource in our survival, next to oxygen. 90 percent of our blood is water, 78 percent of our brain is water, and 70 percent of our muscles are water.

Water is essential for our health. Even moderate dehydration has a profound impact on your body. Losing 5 percent of your body weight in water reduces oxygen transportation and muscular 💪🏾 endurance by as much as 30 percent.

Drinking plenty of water allows our bodies to function at a high level. Water helps one organ achieve exceptional performance, in particular: the liver. The liver is our main fat-burning organ 🔥 . It is responsible for breaking down toxic substances like alcohol and food additives and even air pollution into smaller molecules that can dissolve in water for disposal. The liver functions best when we're well hydrated. The more water you drink, the more efficient this detoxing process is. This boost in efficiency frees up your liver to burn more fat.

Here are simple tips for more water throughout your day.

  • Start your day with a glass of water. I start with a glass of warm water and a couple of pinches of salt - add lemon for taste. 🍋

  • Have water readily available to you. Decrease friction to drink water. Carry around a water bottle. Fill a tea jar with water and put it on your kitchen counter. For fun, add your favorite herbs, cucumber, or citrus.

  • Take a sip before you eat. Our bodies often mistake thirst for hunger. When you feel hungry, take a sip of water and wait a few minutes. You might find you are thirsty, and you'll drink a tall glass of water.

  • Eat your water. Fruits and veggies can be an excellent option for higher water consumption throughout the day. Foods with a high water percentage include cantaloupe, strawberries, spinach, watermelon, peaches, bell peppers, and cucumbers. 🍓🥒🍉