Drinking water is the #1 tip you can consume!

Whew…that is a great question. By first-class fluids, I don’t mean adult beverages! I mean lots of clean water. Not the drinks filled with lots of sugar, caffeine, & “junk!” Or fruit juices, even when they say “all-natural.” And have you been drinking enough?

When I did my stint in the hospital & the rehab place, I looked at the fluids I was taking in my body. 

Most days, I drank 80 to 120 ounces of unsweetened iced tea. I had about 12 to 40 ounces of decaffeinated or caffeine coffee. Or I had about 12 to 16 ounces of espresso. Good thing we have an espresso machine at home! Then I drank about 32 to 48 ounces of filtered water.

I wasn’t worried I was addicted to caffeine and its sister products. When I broke my thigh bone, I was drinking only water. One day I was drinking my usual, the next day I was drinking water. I was drinking enough fluids every day. I know, I had to go to the bathroom frequently!

No withdrawal from the caffeine. No headaches. Nothing unusual. But when I needed to tell the doctor in the hospital that I drank a lot of iced tea, I realized that I needed to drink more water. And less of the iced tea, coffee or espresso.

When I stepped back and took stock of what I was drinking, I was a bit shocked. I knew that if I wanted the best for myself, it meant that I would cut back of my intake of caffeinated beverages. Easy, but not so much simple. Especially when I got home. 

Now I take in a moderate amount of iced tea and espresso. I have caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee on special occasions. Around 32 ounces of unsweetened iced tea & about 12 ounces of caffeinated or decaffeinated espresso. So far, so good when I home and I am maintaining it.

Are you taking an assessment of what beverages you drink? Make sure that the majority of your intake is water!

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