For starts, most Americans are dehydrated (*raises hand*). No matter how busy you are, there are certain things that you are obligated to do. All of which are conveniently filed under the self-care category of our life.
Regardless of what you have going on in your life, the decision should always be to prioritize your self-care. Self care means self-management is necessary too. Think about it…how effective would a company be without a boss to handle the day-to-day operations? Not to say you should manage your life as if it’s a business but manage your life-like it’s your business (because it is!).
It it recommended we drink 5-8 glasses of water per day. More if you’re active or overweight. Moment of honesty…how much water do you actually drink?
This time last year I launched the 30 day water detox challenge with the ladies in The Community and it was incredible. I know the goal was a bit excessive and aggressive (to drink one gallon per day…yes SIXTEEN cups of water per day), but it was effective. Since most of us did not drink as much water as we should we benefit greatly from this challenge.
At an attempt to do better with drinking water more often, I created this challenge to support us through the process. It was FUN (and also challenging), so we’re doing it again for our February Year Of Self Accountability Challenge which is focused on Self-Management.
I am recycling research to add a bit of in-your-face obviousness to support the fact that WE NEED TO DO THIS TOGETHER.
Here we go.
You’re dehydrated if your urine is dark in color (it should be the same color as lemon juice or clearer), you experience headaches, dry skin or constipation. And ladies, we need water regularly for the health of our hair, skin, and nails too. We can’t rely solely on the products we apply to the outside of our bodies. Wellness and health primarily starts from within.
Dehydration can cause health related complication while drinking the required amount of water can improve our health overall.
Read enough? GOOD.
So for starts, determine how much water you should drink, take your weight, divide it by two and divide that number by 8. The final number is the amount of water we should drink per day.
I’m going to let you in on another secret: I don’t love the taste of plain water. I do however love to “accessorize” it with fruit and herbs. So here are a few of my personal favorite recipes and what I learned about infusing water the first time around:
You Will Need:
A water jug to hold your water and to-go jars/tumblers to hold your water throughout the day.
Soak Time and Temperature:
Infuse water at room temperature for no more than 2 hours. After that, put it in the fridge to prevent bacterial growth.
Cucumbers, citrus fruits, melons, and mint flavor water almost immediately. Apples, cinnamon, fresh ginger root, and rosemary need an overnight soak in the fridge.
Melons and sliced strawberries start looking waterlogged after a few hours; citrus, and whole berries look pretty good even after hours in the fridge.
After 4 hours, unpeeled citrus can make water taste bitter. To make a big jug of infused water for a party, peel the citrus before soaking. Or you can soak it unpeeled for 4 hours, remove it, and add fresh slices for looks. (And keep that water icy cold for food safety.)
If you don’t drink the water within 24 hours, strain out the solids and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
To keep sipping all day long, refill your infused water container when it’s half full. It will be weaker than your first drink, but still flavorful.
What to Throw in Your H2O:
Fruits and Vegetables
apples • beets • bell peppers • blackberries • blueberries • cantaloupe • carrots • celery • cherries • cucumbers • fennel • grapefruit • grapes • honeydew • jalapenos • kiwi • lemons • limes • mangos • nectarines • oranges • peaches • pears • pineapples • plums • raspberries • strawberries • tangerines • watermelon
Herbs, Spices, and Florals
basil • cardamom • cilantro • cinnamon • cloves • ginger root • lavender • lemon verbena • lemongrass • mint • rosemary • thyme • parsley • rose petals • star anise • vanilla bean
Try to use organic fruit when able. Wash fruit and rinse herbs before use.
Favorite combo #1: Cucumber + Mint
Favorite combo #2: Orange + Mint
So to join us: Make sure you’re registered for the Year of Self Challenge HERE. Then join our Community HERE which is where the daily inspiration, reminders, updates, love and all other amazing things will happen. We kick off February 1st and end in 30 days (which technically would mean March 2nd). That’s it! See you on the inside ;).