This blog is for and about the Webster family. Each of us want to make choices every day that will result in optimal health and fitness. We represent different generations and different places in life - from empty-nesters to young families to students. Our health goals are as varied as we are, but we want to have a common place to post our progress and our challenges. We will be accountable to each other - to provide support, design incentives, share information we come across, and in general cheer each other on and celebrate our steps toward fitness! If anyone happens upon this blog and is inspired to be more fit and healthy that is icing on the cake. So here we go!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kathy - Wonderful Water

So we are drinking 8 glasses of it a day - right?  Why?  As Kim Brooks says on one of her kettlebell DVDs, if you don't drink enough water your body will hold on to fat and drinking water helps increase your metabolism.  Now if that isn't reason enough, here are some more:

In studies, water has been shown to protect your heart.  In one study women who drank more water had less risk of a fatal heart attack, 40% less risk in fact.  The men in the study who drank the most water had a 50% less risk of a fatal heart attack.  Interestingly enough, it has to be water, can't be non-water beverages.

Water is great for your skin, it cushions and lubes your joints and muscles, it helps you get energized and be alert.

Here are some tips for optimum water consumption:

Drink large amounts of water (two to four 8-ounce glasses) of warm water in the morning to flush your digestive system and reduce the risk of constipation.

Drink about eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water every day.  As you begin exercising, especially if you do so in hot weather, it may be important to drink even more - at least 3 quarts a day.

If possible, drink purified or distilled water, and drink water between meals.  for optimal digestion of each meal, wait about an hour after a meal before drinking water and discontinue water intake about 30 minutes prior to meals. 

So good for you, so refreshing! 

Brooke, have you tried any homemade flavored water yet?

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