I was browsing Pinterest the other day and found a link to an article called, 12 Months To A Better You.
It referenced a study, done at the University of London, which found it takes an average of 66 days to form a habit. Basically, you focus on one healthy habit each month. Making 12 small changes so by the end of the year, you are doing more healthy things than you did the year before.
January was all about the H2O!
I don’t drink “enough” water because I just don’t enjoy it. I drink tea, 💜☕💜☕ pots and pots of tea!
Drinking water is generally the number one recommended thing to do to be more healthy. Why is this??
Water is pretty important for a variety of reasons.
- Keeps our joints lubricated & spinal cord protected
- Ensures our cells and organs function properly
- Regulates our body temperature
- Aids digestion by helping food travel through our intestines
All my adult life I have heard that drinking water is the most important thing. Don’t even think about counting the other liquids you consume; no, no, no, we are water snobs and water is it!
This never sat right with me, I mean: there’s water in my tea; in the milk in my cereal; in the nectarine I ate for afternoon tea & in the vegetables in my dinner! Why doesn’t any of this count?
Well it does according to numerous articles I read! I even discovered that the diuretic properties of tea and coffee hasn’t been proven to be as bad as we’ve been lead to believe! In this paper/review it even states that if you drink tea and coffee often, your body builds a tolerance to it and there’s virtually no diuretic effect at all!
Nevertheless in spite of all I read about all liquids being equal and good for me (provided they weren’t high in sugar or alcohol) – I do think water is probably better.
Don’t buy into the 8 glasses of water a day line though. The general rule of thumb is for woman to drink about 2.2 and men 3 litres (of fluid) a day. If excercing, you should drink before, during (every 10-20 minutes) and after.
I think the best advice is to listen to your body. If you are thirsty, water is going to quench that thirst so much better than anything else. Otherwise, enjoy your tea guilt free – I know I will!