water is the driving force of all nature - Leonardo da Vinci
Earlier this week in Virginia, it was windy and warm, but not raining.
Now, downpours are going on.
My basement has drip, drip, drips. My yard is making its own new ponds and mini lakes.
The air is heavy and damp.
Water has so much physical presence, around and IN us.
drop into these thoughts...
Later, just let some of this bubble up in your mind when you drink something...wash your hands...or when you look outside at the rain...look for a moment at your skin...rub your hands across your arm or leg...are you dry?...are you juicy?
Free of Calories
Fills us up: 30% of the time our bodies are giving us a signal that we need more fluid - we're not actually hungry for more food
Removes TOXINS, pesticides and preservatives
Prevents dehydration: as our body gets rid of salt and chemicals from processed food, we will feel this stuff if we don't dilute and ask it away. Dehydration really has a lot of uncomfortable symptoms that we may mistakenly diagnose as other problems.
Conquers fatigue, lack of energy, headaches, and low mental focus
Speeds up metabolism: 2 glasses of water increases metabolic rate by 30% for 90 minutes after drinking
Helps your liver convert fat to energy: activate that heavy fat - give it something constructive to do with itself
Compensates for glycogen storage loss as you lose weight: read it this way - you lose the fat clogging up your cells, but don't lose the elasticity and flexibility of cell integrity (cellulite anyone?)
Empowers the kidneys: kidneys want to do their job: FILTER. If we don't use plain, clean water to FLUSH our organs and pathways and give them a way to move things out - these tender organs are forced to 'recycle' dirty fluids
We lose approx. 12 cups a day - naturally. Perspiration (2 cups), urine (6 cups), breathing (2-4 cups), and even through our feet (1 cup)!
There are gallons more benefits...
Sometimes I feel like a "water bully".
Because I ask my patients how much fluid they have had when they come for treatment...
I hear all too often:"Not enough". They even say it like a confession.
(somehow, we know that we need to be moister, don't we?)
So how can our body possibly function or feel well? It's 4:00 pm and we complain: how tired we have been, or we can't think, or we hurt all over.
Tired, aching, stiff, painful joints. Heads clogged up with thick pasty snot. Swollen muscles and fat ankles.
It makes sense to us, when a car part breaks if there's no "lubrication. Or there's no fluid in the machine to keep things flowing!
Why do we think our body is different? It's 55-60% of our body mass. And the body can't get water in by itself. We have to actually DRINK it in.
I also try to remind myself when I feel sluggish, hot, confused, dry, uncoordinated to drink something.
(I hate being uncomfortable physically - it's SUCH a distraction!).
I try to think of my body parts as things that I want to be juicy, pliable, flexible. I want to move how and when I want to.
My inner "pipes" that move my food, oxygen, hormones (and emotions) throughout me - they need something to rinse, shift, soak, or unlodge them.
[Quick practical example: the sinus cavities.
It's hard to think about taking more IN when we feel like we are drowning already in mucus. But how are we going to thin it out and let it go? It needs to be flushed. Drink more water when your head feels fuzzy, heavy, thick or you can't breathe!)
Hope you can FLOW today in the best way...