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Do I Really Have To Drink Water?!

Welcome to my Healthy Habits Hump Day tip! I started struggling with weight when I turned 50 and I did OK until a couple of years ago. Last summer I realized I was constantly trying to cover up the extra pounds and I just didn't feel as good as I knew I could. I've now lost about 25 pounds and I'm looking at letting about 10 more. The thing is, it's not just about the weight. It's about living every day with healthy habits. About that water ... there's no generally agreed upon amount, although about 64 oz a day is recommended and the answer is "YES", we need to drink water. Here's a list of reasons why:

  • Our bodies are approximately 60% water and our blood, which carries oxygen throughout our body, is 90%. Also, if we don't have enough water our blood can thicken and that can raise blood pressure.

  • We need water for digestion, absorption of nutrients, circulation, and it helps maintain our body temperature.

  • Water contributes to mucus and saliva formation which helps to protect us and keep our mouths healthy.

  • Water helps to lubricate our joints and spinal column.

  • Water energizes our muscles by keeping our electrolyte levels up.

  • Water helps with kidney function which means waste products and toxins are flushed out. Also, too little water can raise the risk for painful kidney stones.

  • Water keeps you pooping regularly and prevents constipation.

  • Finally, dehydration, even just a little, can cause headaches and slow down brain function. This can cause memory issues and other neurotransmitter malfunctions. It can cause increased anxiety and fatigue, too.

One more real benefit from drinking more water is its contribution to weight loss. It helps us feel better, feel more full, and it's calorie-free. Sounds good to me!

Sparkles and Love,

P.S. Are you struggling, too? I might be able to help. At the very least we can have a chat. I know I'm craving connection these days! Email me at


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

is a sassy Queen-ager whose mission is to co-create a happier, healthier life with and for others.

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