Water is the most cleansing element on the planet. A body that is hydrated is one of the keys to optimal health. Lymph fluid is an important part of your immune system and healthy lymph fluid starts with a watered body. Do you keep yourself watered? If you are someone who drinks plenty of water a day, keep it up and carry on. I am not that somebody. I want to be. I am not that thirsty of a person naturally. There is no denying that when I’m on my water game, I see so many changes in my skin, glow, and overall health. So, follow the steps below to add water to your life. The benefits for hydrating yourself with water are amazing. Just a reminder, water helps with… Maximizing physical performance Boosting energy levels and brain activity Treating headaches Helping with constipation and kidney stones Preventing hangovers Helping with weight loss Balancing the body’s pH level Creating clearer skin I believe that any change you make, that is better than the day before, is progress. I found various information on the amount of water we need each day. Ask yourself the following questions… How many ounces of water do you drink a day? How many ounces of other liquids do you drink a day? What is your goal physically? What exercise level do you fall into? 1 = Nothing, 10 = Marathon Runner Total the number of liquid ounces you drink in a day, and switch over to all water, and omit the other beverages. Not ready for that yet? Try this...Drink that total number of fluid ounces in water before you have anything else to drink throughout the day. Let's say you drink 24 ounces of water, 12 ounces of coffee, and 12 ounces soda a day for a total of 48 ounces a day. I want you to start by upping your water intake to 48 ounces daily. Training for a marathon or have a physically demanding job? Your body need lots of water, at least 100 ounces a day! But you may already know this. Start to track your water, and see where you feel your best. AGAIN, I believe that any change you make that is better than the day before is progress. I just want you to grow. I don’t need you to be perfect. I just need you to see where you can better support yourself, and hydrating with water is where you start. I use a Berkey Water Filter at my house. I love the water. I do not recommend plastic water bottles. I find its most accessible to have your own reusable water bottle with you all the time. If you forget it, splurge and buy water in a glass bottle. It’s better for you, and the planet. Here are the steps I follow when I find I’m not watering myself… I drink 16 ounces of water as soon as I rise. It's a great way to start the day, and give my body what it needs after rest - clear, clean water. Is there anything more cleansing? If you drink coffee, this is crucial. You do not want the first thing your body gets to be acidic coffee. You want to give it water, and then coffee, as this will dilute the acid in the coffee. Drinking water before is also easier on your stomach and urinary tract. Every time you use the bathroom, drink water. Replace what goes out. Every time you finish a glass - refill it and leave it on the counter. You will be more likely to drink it if it’s there and ready. Get a water bottle you love. I have a crystal water bottle. I love drinking out of it. I always think happy healing thoughts when I look at it. I also love my Hydroflask. It keeps my ice water cold in the summer, and warm water toasty in the winter. Just get one you love. Fill it up and bring it with you everywhere. I mean everywhere. You are more likely to drink water if it is with you. Add fruit to the water to make it fun, colorful, and lightly flavored. Go crazy! I love mint and cucumber, watermelon and blueberry, or pineapple and mango. Post pictures and tag me @hollanhawaii. I can’t wait to see your creations! Think of water as cleansing and clearing, and as the primary support in this cleanse. CHEERS!