How did you all do on drinking more water last week? If you pick only one new thing per week, it definitely makes it more doable. Here's the deal with drinking more water. I have read many different studies on how much water we should drink and why but I think my favorite was a Scottish study that was such common sense, that is the one I go with. This study said that you could include milk, juice and tea in your water intake. Obviously you have to be a little more frugal with the milk and juice because you're also drinking calories with those two. The bottom line - the study was saying that liquid is liquid.
Another study I read said that for some of us, we are drinking too much water and it can actually put a strain on the kidneys.
So, 5 to 8 cups a day is great. Of course, if you're working out and sweating, you need to compensate for that. Also, if you drink a lot of coffee, you also need to drink a little more water. Coffee is dehydrating. (Alcohol is also dehydrating - good rule of thumb there is a glass of water for every drink).
One other thing I do recommend if you are looking to go 'clean' and want to feel better, try putting a little chlorophyll in your water first thing in the morning. Put about a table spoon of liquid chlorophyll in a large glass of water. It's a great cleanser of the blood and also builds the blood up. It also helps to aid digestion. You can buy chlorophyll at most health stores and it usually comes flavored with a bit of mint and is very pleasant to the taste.
So, for this next week, let's start looking at how much sugar we consume - including dressings and condiments. You will probably be surprised! Next week, we'll talk about sugar in the diet, why it's harmful, how much is okay and where we can cut back on it. Until then, keep thinking 'clean'!