This Drink Is On Me
You wake in the morning, your mouth all dry.
Crusty flakes cling to your cheeks from the drool that streamed from your gaping mouth earlier that morning. What is the first thing you do when you pop out of bed? Grab a glass of cold, wet water to quench your parched mouth, throat and body that is screaming…water! Is that what you do first thing in the morning? Some mornings I do, and some I don’t.
Did you know the average person does not drink enough water to sustain vibrant, good health?
As I remember it, in science class we learned that our bodies are between 60 to 70% water. So, if we are not putting enough water into our bodies as a lot of studies suggest, what do the majority of people drink? I found an article published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey .
It was very interesting to find what age groups, men or women, and ethnic groups chose as their beverage of choice and why they chose it. You might imagine that coffee, tea and soda are among the top favored drinks, and you would be right. For the younger kids juice is favored over milk nowadays.
In recent years, energy drinks have taken the market by storm and are contributing to the ghastly rise in juvenile diabetes, obesity and even heart problems. I’m even guilty on occasion for grabbing a cup of coffee over water first thing in the morning to wake and quench my thirsting body.
As the public becomes more educated on ways to stay healthy, they are also becoming wiser consumers.
Looking for products to supplement their starving bodies they look to the well known giants of marketing to provide them with what they are needing in a convenient, simple way to use it. The problem is that, according to a report by the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), the drinks being consumed on the market today are nutrient deficient. If we are not getting the water we need, and what we are drinking is not supplying our bodies with the nutrients we must have for life itself; but instead are providing almost 22% of the calories we consume daily and half of the sugar intake, is it any wonder we have the health issues of today? So, what is the solution?
We can’t always watch our kids 24/7, sometimes it’s hard to watch what we do personally.
But, what my family started doing is making sure we limit the juice, soda, mochas, lattes, and smoothies. We make sure to drink at least 8 eight ounce glasses of water, each day, without fail. If we are out of doors, playing hard, we increase those glasses accordingly. We even started using a quality vitamin supplement daily, yes…we had to admit to ourselves that we don’t eat right… we are your average family of four that lives next door!
Most importantly we started paying attention to our bodies and what we put in them, and what we don’t put in them. If we expect to live a healthy life, we have to take responsibility for putting in good food, clean water and limit the “junk” we call “treats”.
Oh, I’m not saying I don’t have a treat now and then, but compared to before learning these facts…it is truly a treat, not a daily occurrence now.
My challenge for you today is to take stock of where you and your family are.
Do you drink enough water or are you like the majority? Are you eating fast food that is nutrient deficient? Are you and your kids drinking sugar rich, caffeine fortified energy drinks headed for that “big one”? This is your life, your health, the health of your children. You actually get to choose what the outcome will be, sickness and disease or vibrant good health!
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