Energy Boosting Tip #3: The Surprising Miracle of Water

    Our third tip for this week is surprisingly simple and disguised as something quite mundane. Yet, when you read the thirteen surprising benefits below, you’ll never underestimate the importance of this again–especially when you read the information in the conclusion of this post.

    What am I talking about? Get ready. Don’t shrug it off. This is absolutely important for your health and well-being, even for your energy, happiness, and motivation. Make this a daily ritual, make it a sacred ceremony. Realize its significance as you’re doing it and it can change your life for the better.

    So, what is it?

    Drinking water. Real water. Not vitamin-infused, or cherry-flavored, or artificially or naturally sweetened, just pure, plain water—in a glass (or other, non-disposable-plastic, container).

    Really, that’s the advice?

    Yes, and here’s why:

    13 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Water
    (from “Experience Life,” June 2010, p. 65)

    1. Energy: water is necessary for the activity of enzymes responsible for cellular energy production.

    2. Digestion: water is necessary for the production of the 7 liters of digestive juices that you need to metabolize your food on a daily basis.

    3. Regularity: adequate water is required in your colon to insure the right consistency of stool that can pass through easily.

    4. Blood Pressure: dehydration makes your blood thicker and more viscous, making it harder to move through your arteries and veins, which increases your blood pressure.

    5. Stomach Health: water is needed for mucus production in the lining of your stomach to protect it from the high acidity of digestive juices.

    6. Respiration: water moistens the mucus membranes lining your respiratory system which protect you from susceptibility to airborne pathogens.

    7. Acid-Alkaline Balance: dehydration increases the acidity of your internal environment which creates chronic inflammation and promotes the growth of yeast and fungus.

    8. Weight Management: thirst is often inaccurately sensed as hunger leading you to eat more than you need.

    9. Skin Health: water provides elasticity to your skin and facilitates sweating which removes toxins through your skin.

    10. Cholesterol: dehydration causes the body to remove water from cell membranes which the body tries to shore up by overproducing cholesterol, which can be a danger in the bloodstream.

    11. Kidney and Urinary Health: when you are dehydrated your kidneys struggle to remove toxins from your system and the increased toxic concentration leaves you susceptible to germs and infection.

    12. Joint Health: dehydrated cartilage and ligaments are more brittle and prone to damage. Dehydration also contributes to chronic inflammation, as mentioned above.

    13. Aging: adequate water is necessary for cellular repair and rebuilding, which is what keeps your body young, vital, and highly functioning.

    So how’s that for motivating information? Are you inspired to drink more water? I hope so.

    How much water do you need? The traditional advice of drinking 64 ounces per day is a good ballpark. Keep in mind that you will get some water by eating fresh vegetables and fruits and from other liquids that you drink. Use the above information to inspire you to drink at least a few glasses of pure water every day. I suggest that you make this more than just a mindless repetitive act. Make it a sacred ritual. Here’s a bit more information to inspire that next step.

    In Masaru Emoto’s fascinating book, “The Miracle of Water,” he shows us how water has an amazing ability to take on the thoughts and feelings around it. Water actually changes its molecular arrangement depending on the thoughts and feelings in its immediate environment. For example, water in the presence of love is arranged in beautiful, harmonious forms. Water in the presence of anger looks jagged and disjointed. Dr. Emoto has fascinating pictures of this in the book. Since your body is made of mostly water, how important are the thoughts and feelings that you keep in your inner environment?

    So, as you are drinking your water every day, focus into thoughts and feelings of appreciation and gratitude for the miracle of life, of health, and of drinking water. Hold your glass in both hands, be thankful for it, bless it, and drink it reverently. Infuse your water with positive energy and then absorb it into every cell of your body as you drink. Combine this with daily conscious relaxation and your body will thank you. You may be surprised at how much better and more energized you feel.

    Happy hydrating,

    Kevin Schoeninger

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