“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.” – Kahlil Gibran
I’m not a big believer in making New Year’s resolutions. But I do believe in creating change for the better throughout life, particularly if the body is crying out for it.
For me right now, this is about drinking more water.
Herein lies the challenge, love. I’ve never been a good water drinker. Feeling vaguely thirsty all of the time has become so much a part of my inner landscape that I barely notice anymore. However, I am beginning to notice the increase in headaches, joint & muscle pain, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, irritability, digestive “challenges” and dry skin.
What do all of these symptoms have in common? They’re all intrinsically linked with chronic dehydration.
Our body is made up of about 60% of water, so naturally it makes sense to consume enough water to keep the body hydrated, but there are many other powerful reasons to drink enough water each day. It flushes toxins from vital organs, carries nutrients to the body’s cells, in turn giving a boost to energy levels. It helps regulate body temperature (and hormones), improves skin condition, helps in fighting off infection, hydrates joints and muscle tissue, improves digestion, relieves irritability (and constipation, for that matter) … the list goes on.
So, how much water is enough? Studies suggest that at least 8 glasses a day is a good amount, but the truth is that your water needs depend on a number of factors, including your current health, how active you are, where you live and the temperatures you live in. So while there’s no single, magic formula that fits everyone, learning more about your body and listening to it’s needs will help you determine what is right for you. It’s as much about instinct as it is science.
The thing is to make drinking (enough) water a daily habit. And while this has always been a challenge for me, I am determined to begin.
They say it takes 3 weeks to form a habit. With that in mind, welcome to my mini-revolution!
Introducing the 28 Day Water Challenge (I know, it’s a little over 3 weeks, but I’m determined to nail this habit in).
Beginning on the 1st February, I am going to tackle my own water challenge. I think it will change my life. Are you prepared to see if it will change yours too? 8 glasses (or thereabouts) a day. That’s it. Truly.
Begin with a glass of water on waking to help flush any toxins that have built up through the night then just sip on the rest throughout the day. The trick is to hydrate slowly so the body has time to take the water in and use it. Drink too much, too fast and it will pass straight through your body with little benefit. Drink it slowly and with care and your body will soak the water in and be forever grateful. A new you!
Expect an increase in urination and possibly some headaches and skin breakouts as the system detoxifies and flushes. But it will even out and you will start to thrive. I promise.
Try it. Join the Red Jasper Facebook community and report back. Tell us how you feel as a result.
I’d love you to join me in my revolution. 28 days. Health and vitality. I really believe it’s that simple. I do.
Are you in?