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Every day we have opportunities to attend to the bodies we live in. Take a few minutes to sit still with your body. Notice your feet touching the floor, your legs and bottom being supported by a chair, your back against the back rest, your head – are you leaning forward? Take an inventory of how your body feels in this present moment. 

A full body inventory is a way to explore what your body is telling you it needs. 

Are you tired? Thirsty? Hungry? Have you had enough water today? Are you experiencing stiffness, soreness, or pain? Have you been sitting too long? Have you exercised today? Moved about even briefly this hour? Checking in with your body is a great way to get out of thinking and into observing with kindness the container in which you live.

Now, take what you’ve observed and consider what it is you might need.

Sometimes when I think I’m hungry, I am thirsty. Staying hydrated is an important aspect of our overall health, particularly as we age. I keep track of how much water I drink every day by using a water bottle that reflects the amount of water it contains (and I’ve consumed). When you are hydrated your skin, muscles, tissues, and organs simply work better. Being well hydrated also boosts alertness and brain function. 

This simple act can make a big difference. But sometimes drinking water (the best resource for hydration) can seem boring. You can kick it up a notch by adding any of these fruits: 

  • Lemon 
  • Lime
  • Strawberry
  • Pineapple 
  • Blueberry 
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit 
  • Raspberry 

You don’t have to add a single type of fruit either – choose one or more fruits to add at the same time. 

Cucumber is a vegetable that adds a refreshing punch to water. Or you might try mint, basil, ginger or rosemary. 

Beyond listening to your body you can experiment with other strategies to get enough water every day. 

For example, start the day with a glass of water first. Set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to drink. Get in the habit of taking a water bottle with you wherever you go. Or find an accountability partner – help one another stay on top of the water you desire to consume. You will feel better in the long run. 

Share your favorite hydration hack in the comments!

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