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                             How To Drink More Water
                                   By Denise Cavassa, CMA

Most people do not drink enough fluids, and when they do, they seldom drink water, which is
essential for basic metabolism. A very common mistake that people make is to believe that
because they drink liquids, they consume enough water. (Here’s a bit of sarcasm: Well, the
reason water is called water and other beverages have specific names is because each has
different properties and effects in your body! Duh!)

Water is the most important element in your life, perhaps even more important than air because
more than three-quarters of your body is water. Dehydration is one of the key causes of “dis-
ease”. The usual reasons people don’t drink water are that they don’t like the taste; it’s
tasteless; tastes bad. . Here are tips to not only drink enough water for optimal metabolism, but
to enjoy drinking water.

Make Drinking Water Fun!

1)     Water Chalice. Drink from a special, attractive, large glass that you use specifically for
       water. Since it can easily acquire the taste of its container, water tastes better in glass
       (or clear/transparent plastic, if safety is a concern). Using a Water Chalice makes the
       process of drinking water special and attractive. Make a trip specifically to purchase
       your Water Chalice and notice the positive feelings you have when choosing it, which
       will enhance the pleasant associations you have every time you use your Water Chalice.
       It’s also a good idea to have a separate Water Chalice for your office or any place you
       spend a significant amount of time.
2)     Lemon Water. Squeeze a little, fresh lemon or lime-juice into your water to enhance its
       cleansing qualities and to add flavor. A squeeze of lemon (or lime) in water assists in
       the body’s detoxification process. You may also want to garnish your Water Chalice with
       a slice of lemon for glamour.
3)     Fruit Water. Cut up your favorite fruits and place them into either a pitcher of water or a
       spoonful of fruit into your Water Chalice. The problem of bad tasting or tasteless water
       is eliminated and Fruit Water is very refreshing! Kids like this recipe, too. You can also
       make Fruit Water ice cubes and place a piece of fruit in each cube. Fruit water is a big
       hit at parties. When on the go, you can chop or lightly puree fruit and place in a
       container (you can reuse a water bottle) to carry your Fruit Water. Of course, Fruit
       Water should be one-fourth (¼) or less of your daily water consumption. It is necessary
       to drink plain water daily (a squeeze of lemon or lime is acceptable).
       a)     You can use this recipe with plain seltzer water to make Fruit Spritzers!

Develop Good Water Drinking Habits.
1)     Drink smaller portions of water many times during the day to being increasing your
       water intake. Most sources recommend drinking eight (8), eight-ounce (8 oz.) glasses of
       fluid per day.

        Denise Cavassa, Certified Movement Analyst ◊
       ~ Make it your Business to Know your Body!
                        BodyKnowledgetm Inc.
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2)       Drink water at room temperature, if you can. Cold water can cause your muscles to
         cramp and can disrupt digestion and your basic metabolism. Cool, but not iced water, is
3)       Good Morning/Good Night. Have a glass of water first thing upon arising to assist in
         overnight digestion and elimination. A glass of water 1 to 2 hours before bed is also
         excellent, but you may need to adjust your timing to avoid disrupting your sleep for potty-

         a)     View bathroom breaks as personal regrouping time to repeat your affirmations
                and focus on your goals. (See Affirmations)

4)       It is also good to repeat affirmations each time you finish a glass of water.

5)       Drink water at specific times. You can set timers to remind you to drink water, e.g.,
         hourly reminders, or have a glass of water every half hour that you are watching your
         favorite TV shows.

6)       Place reminders to drink water in strategic places such as near your phone, on your
         desk, on your computer, in your appointment book/calendar, on your bathroom mirror,
         TV, etc. You can use post-it notes or paper that is attractive so that you will immediately
         look towards it to remind you to drink water.

7)       Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Drink at specific times.

8)       Drink Water with alcoholic beverages. Have one glass of water for every alcoholic
         drink you consume. This not only helps to prevent inebriation and hangovers, it allows
         you to better control the desired effects of alcohol, and allows your body to detoxify more

         a)     You can dilute wine with water or sparkling water (as the French wisely practice)
                or have ⅓ alcohol to ⅔ water, or ½ and ½.

9)       Always have a glass of water after eating sweets. Water will help your body to
         metabolize the heavy sugar content of treats and assist in preventing a “sugar crash.”

1)       Avoid “chemical” water with artificial additives. Most waters and drinks with
         additives (e.g., sports drinks) have chemical supplements from non-natural sources,
         which add to the toxins stored in your body.
2)       Tea, soda, coffee, and other liquids do not count towards your intake of water.
         They contain ingredients that your body may need to filter out and which can add to toxic
         fat storage.
3)       Increasing your intake of water will make you have to go to the bathroom more often –
         which is good for detoxification.

         Denise Cavassa, Certified Movement Analyst ◊
        ~ Make it your Business to Know your Body!

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