When it comes to weight loss, the number one thing that anyone will tell you is to drink more water. That’s inevitable. Water is the single most important thing to do when it comes to weight loss. It keeps you hydrated and helps to detox the body by flushing your system of toxins, which results in either frequent urination or bowel movements, which are both good ways to rid the body of harmful things.
What if I told you that drinking more water is not only beneficial to weight loss, but it is also beneficial for creativity? What if I said that drinking more water will help the creative juices in your brain to become more fluid for your business?
Lack of water causes dehydration, which gives you a headache and a feeling of sluggishness and weakness. When you are sick, what does the doctor tell you to do? Drink more fluids and stay hydrated. When they say fluids, they mean water. Water is the number one source when it comes to flushing the body of harmful chemicals and toxins, filtered water that is.
I hear way too many people say, “Water tastes nasty.” I always think to myself how does something that is tasteless, taste nasty? When I ask people do they know how much water they should be drinking, many say 64 oz., which is what we were told when growing up by teachers and doctors, but that cant be further from the truth. The recommended amount of water a person should drink a day is one ounce per half pound of their body weight. Basically, half your body weight in ounces.
How does this relate to being creative? If your body is not properly hydrated and flushing to rid itself of waste regularly, your body will turn on itself, causing you to lose focus, have headaches, be constipated, everything that will take you away from your business. No on has time to be laying in bed, or going to the doctor, trying to figure out what’s wrong, when you could be working.
I know the recommended amount of water a day seems overwhelming, but never fear, of course I have some tips for you guys.
- Buy a 32-64 oz water bottle that you really like. It helps to have a nice water bottle to carry around with you. Make a schedule of how many ounces to drink at a certain time in order to get in all of your water.
- Add fruit to your water. This is a favorite among a lot of people. Adding fruit to your water makes it less plain and gives it some flavor. Add in your favorite fruits and you will be more inclined to drink more water. An added bonus, you’re getting in vitamins and nutrients as well, and you can eat the fruit at the end.
- Drink tea. No, I do not mean the stuff that comes in a bottle. Those are terrible for you. I mean brew some tea from either tea leaves or teabags. Did you know that you can brew herbal tea bags cold? Get a large jar or jug, put however many teabags in that you want, and let it sit for a couple hours, either on the counter or in the fridge.
- Eat juicy fruits and I don’t mean the candy. Fruits like watermelon, oranges, apples, grapes, cherries, strawberries, etc., have very high water content. This counts as part of your daily intake of water.
- Juice, and again, no I am not talking about the ones you get off the shelf. This goes along with eating juicy fruits. Many grocery stores make their own, cold pressed juices now. Either buy those or make your own. I am a big fan of making your own juice because you know what’s in it and you can make it to your own liking. Another added benefit of this is you are getting an abundance of vitamins and nutrients while staying hydrated.
Staying hydrated from water helps your brain as well. You may or may not know that there is water in your brain. Why do you think lack of water causes fatigue and headaches? I always have one of the above water bottles with me at all times, and I am an avid tea drinker. Let me know some ways that you get your water in. Let’s open up a discussion.
Today’s recipe is my infamous stir fry.
1/2 c jasmine rice
1/2 c basmati rice
1 c red, yellow and orange bell peppers, chopped
1 c portobello mushrooms, chopped
1/4 c carrots, julienne, chopped or grated
I bag of broccoli florets
Cook rice as normal. Heat a skillet with about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Sauté broccoli and carrots until bright green and orange. Add in mushrooms and bell peppers. Once rice is done cooking, add that on top and drizzle on some olive oil. This is to keep the soy sauce and sesame oil from burning if you don’t have a wok. Drizzle on soy sauce and sesame oil to your tasting, and let cook for another few minutes. Get your favorite bowl and maybe some chopsticks if you’re savvy. Enjoy!