It sounds kind of funny, but water has really been on my mind the past couple of months.
Unlike many cultures the world over, we are lucky to have drinkable water available to us at the turn of a faucet handle; and yet, chances are that none of us are drinking the optimal amount for our bodies each day.
We all grew up hearing that we need at least eight glasses per day (roughly 64oz), but new guidelines recommend that your body needs, in ounces, approximately half the number of your weight in pounds. So a women who weighs 150lbs need at least 75oz of water each day.
That's over half a gallon, Sisters!
And of course that number increases if you are very physically active, if the weather is dry, if you drink caffeinated beverages, if you are pregnant/nursing, and especially if you are bleeding.
Gifting our bodies with adequate water is indeed one of the most fundamental acts of loving Self-Care. Our bodies are 70% water, which means *we are more water than anything else*.
Water lubricates our joints, flushes toxins from our kidneys, and hydrates our cells and tissues.
Water aids in easeful digestion, decreases bloating, and - this is huge, Sisters - significantly decreases menstrual cramps!
Water also has the seemingly-magical ability to respond to our energy. The amazing work of the recently deceased Dr. Masaru Emoto demonstrates that water molecules arrange themselves in different patterns based upon words, music, and toxins in the immediate environment. You can read more about this ground-breaking discovery here. Taking this research to heart, many of our Sisters choose to bless or thank their water before drinking it.
So today, Sisters, I invite you to shift your awareness to your daily water intake. Rather than thinking of this as one more thing to add to your to-do list, allow your energy around this to come from a place of gifting yourself with vitality. You can up the enjoyability factor by using a pretty glass* bottle (I use a 32oz juice bottle, and aim to drink three per day) or a reusable stainless steel* cup or mason jar. If you can use a straw, even better -- studies show that people drink more water if they use a straw!
* Even BPA-free plastic bottles contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors.
And don't be afraid to take baby steps, Sisters; ANY increase in your water intake is going to be good for you. Incremental goals allow you to make this shift gradually, and help you to begin to recognize your thirst signals, which are often mistaken for hunger.
Be gentle with yourself - don't sweat it if your water consumption isn't on your radar for a few days, but do acknowledge your progress, and notice the ways in which drinking more water helps you to feel good!
Cheers to your hydration, Sisters!