But here’s an easy one. You already have it, you already do it, it’s not going to cost you anything and no new skills are needed. Want to hear it? Drum roll . . .
Drink more water.
Water is one of the most important, and easiest, changes a person can make in their health. In fact, if there is just one change you can commit to today, choose drinking more water (half your body weight in ounces each day, to be exact).
Our bodies are made up of only twenty-five percent solid matter and seventy-five percent water, with brain tissue consisting of up to eighty-five percent water. It only makes sense that for our bodies to function at an optimum level, our brain, organs, and tissues must be replenished adequately.
Because every cell in our body needs water, dehydration occurs easily. In fact, feeling thirsty is a sign that dehydration has already begun to occur. Other symptoms of dehydration include headaches, bloating and gas, low back pain, constipation, and more. So stay ahead of the game by establishing a routine with drinking water. These suggestions can help:
- Keep glasses by both the kitchen and bathroom sinks. Each time you are at the sink, strive to drink at least 8 ounces of water.
- Fill up two or three water bottles in the morning and place them in different areas where you spend time. That water will be waiting and ready for you on your office desk or when you walk into the kitchen. Make it a point to take a drink each time you enter that space.
- Always keep a filled water bottle in the car. Whether it’s your commute, carpooling, or running errands, this can be an easy way to slip in some extra hydration.
- Make it a habit to take a drink of water each time you pass a drinking fountain.
- Drink water at your meals. A big glass of water three times a day will chip away at a lot of your water needs, as well as curbing the tendency to overeat due to dehydration.
Note that drinking water thirty minutes before a meal can help our bodies recognize the difference between feeling thirsty and hungry. The sensations of thirst and hunger are generated simultaneously, and we often mistake thirst for hunger. As we drink more water, we can better discern the difference, and thus eat less when it’s water our body is really asking for.