February is the month of love. The love of romance, chocolate, and flowers. It should also be the month to highlight self-love. Self-care is the best way to show yourself, love. Self-care is a practice all mamas should adopt this year going forward to ensure they are caring for themselves in the best possible way.

As mamas, we are responsible for so many things and so many people. We pride ourselves in being able to do all the things and sometimes that means putting ourselves on the back burner. I urge you this month to start a daily self-care routine because the best way to show up for our family, is to first show up for ourselves. This month, I will be highlighting many different easy ways we can implement a self-care mindset and lifestyle in 2019, starting with water.

Water is essential for life. Many of us go through our days unaware that we are dehydrated and our bodies and mind are underperforming because we are thirsty. I’ve highlighted 6 reasons You should be drinking more water every day.

1. Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids. Remember we are made up of 70% water. We need to drink water to replenish and maintain the water our body uses up on a daily. This includes the creation of saliva, helping with digestion, circulation, absorption, transporting nutrients, and maintaining body temperature.

2. Water can help with weight loss. Water itself is not magic but by replacing sugary drinks and coffee with water, you can control the number of calories you are consuming. In addition, thirst is often mistaken for hunger. So the next time you feel hungry, try drinking a 16oz bottle of water first, wait 20 minutes then decide if you are in fact hungry. Chances are you may have just been thirsty.

3. Water Makes Your Skin Glow. Water is very important in keeping your skin happy and healthy, which in fact can make your complexion brighter, your skin more elastic resulting in a youthful glow. Dehydration makes your skin look dry and wrinkly. Drinking enough water throughout the day is just as important as a good skin care regimen.

4. Water Helps Your Kidneys Do its Job. Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and getting rid your body of toxins as long as you drink enough water. When you are getting enough water, your pee should be clear and free-flowing. You should go to the bathroom frequenting to rid your body of toxins. If you pee is a dark color with an odor, you are dehydrated. So drink up.

5. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Movements. Let’s keep talking about bodily functions! Ladies, you have to poop every day. You just have to. Having a normal bowel movement is a good sign that your body is performing at its best and one way to ensure this is to drink enough water every day. The combination of water and eating enough fiber acts like a broom that sweeps out the gunk daily.

6. It Improves Your Mood. We are all out here trying to live our best lives, right? Water helps with that. Dehydration causes fatigue, crankiness, confusion, as well as anxiety. That’s no bueno! For a happier life, drink more water.

“Thousands have lived without love. But none without water.”

Struggle with drinking more water throughout your day? Check out my tips on ways to drink more water every day!

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