The Benefits of Sticking with Drinking Water

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Published on: July 6, 2012
cadbury eggs The Benefits of Sticking with Drinking Water
As Coaches, we try so hard sometimes…. and are so easily misunderstood.

 

First.  I LOVE xkcd.com.  It is one of the few websites that never fails to bring a smile to my face when I loose all hope in humanity…which happens from time to time.

As a coach and personal trainer, I am frequently asked about diet and nutrition….  I am just as frequently interrupted and immediately informed of what the inquisitive individual already believes and simply wanted me to hear.

I often feel like the above cartoon!

The other reason why I particularly like this cartoon is its depiction of sugar-laden drinks.  I mean, when you put the sugar content in soda as equivalent to two Cadbury eggs……. uh…. wow.

This cartoon reminds me of a change I recently made in my own life. 

A few weeks ago, I made the switch from constantly sipping on a sports-drinks or “vitamin-loaded” water  to straight-up, all-natural H20 between meals.  (Well, almost.  I make an exception for my morning coffee.  I need that to live.)

Why?  No earth shattering reason, I was simply concerned about my teeth and I wanted to protect them – and my wallet – against cavities.  So, my dentist suggested sticking with good ‘ol H20 between meals as a cheap and easy way to limit the daily amount of sugar I swished around my pearly whites.  

I figured reducing my daily sports-drink-intake wouldn’t be a such a bad idea….especially since, at $2.50 a bottle, I’d save almost $100.00 a month.

 Challenge Accepted.

The result? Well, it’s been two months and no new cavities to report.  Hooray! In addition, I’m also happy to report that my wallet is a bit fatter and I’ve dropped a few pounds.  Talk about an extra bonus!

As a health professional, I understand the power of small changes and this is no exception.  While I’m pleased with the result, I can’t help but wonder how much extra sugar I was taking in without even realizing it.  I guess this is just another one of the many benefits of drinking water.

So, my question to you is:

Have you looked at your daily water intake lately?

 

Keep on Swimming,

Coach Meg

 

 



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Coach Meg Murphy

Coach Meg Murphy

Physics. Physical Conditioning. Psychological Fitness. Fun.

Learning to love and respect the water is an invaluable gift.  

Learning to care for one's physical health and well-being is the gift of a lifetime.  

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