This summer, the Do’ers at EazyDone are sharing tips on living a more balanced life. In our last article, Certified Life Coach Deb Anderson shared three simple ways to begin to achieve balance in your life and set your goals for the rest of summer 2023. This week, Ilana Margalit, acupuncturist and nourishment counselor, shares one of her top wellness tips – drink water! There are so many great reasons to drink water. Here are some of her favorites:
1. Hydration balances your nervous system.
Drinking water activates your parasympathetic nervous system. This keeps your sympathetic nervous system, also known as “fight or flight mode, in check. In this way, staying hydrated will, over the long term, give you access to a sense of balanced energy throughout your day.
2. Hydration supports deep sleep.
Everything in life feels better and more manageable after a good night’s sleep!
3. Protects the health of your tendons, muscles and organs.
When your body feels limber you can play, run, and dance with ease, which,in turn, promotes vibrancy!
How much water is enough?
Ilana shared that “one should drink about half their weight in ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds you should ideally drink 8 cups of water per day.”
If you are having trouble reaching that goal, here are some suggestions:
Rubber Band Trick
Ilana often tells her clients to set a goal for how many times they need to refill their water bottle. If you need to refill four times, place four rubber bands on the bottle and remove a band after each refill. This kind of visual reminder supports you in reaching your hydration goals.
Spruce Up Your Water
Add lemon, lime, fresh mint, lemon balm, or cucumber if you dislike the taste of plain water.
Try Coconut Water
Ilana highlighted coconut water as a “wonderful alternative to the many sports drinks on the market filled with sugars and chemicals.” Coconut water is low-calorie, filled with electrolytes and antioxidants, and benefits heart health.
To schedule an appointment with Ilana for either nourishment counseling or acupuncture, check out her online profile at EazyDone.