This is a first in a series of 15 common sense health tips that we can use to improve our health and enjoying the baby boomer years... hey we are living longer, let's enjoy them in good health.
Do not make the mistake of blowing this tip off as being too simplistic... sometimes the easiest things we can do to improve our health, are readily under our own control and all we have to do is take action.
Remember the doctor says drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day... there is no formula for each individual that is that simple... it's based on, where you live, how much exercise you get, what the altitude is, and other factors...but eight 8 oz glasses is pretty easy to remember.
Drinking eight, 8 ounce glasses of water is okay, another simple formula is to drink half your body weight in ounces every day.
A 200 pound person, would drink 100 ounces or over twelve 8 ounce glasses.
A much simpler way in my humble opinion, and backed up by the Mayo Clinic... is to drink enough water so that your urine is clear.
That is an indication that your kidneys are functioning properly, the basic function of your kidney is to filter out impurities from your blood the waste product being excreted as urine.
It goes without saying that you should make sure that the water that you do drink is as free from as many impurities as possible.
When we lived on our sailboat we used a simple countertop Brita filter for our drinking water, it worked fine.
Now at home we have an under counter reverse osmosis system with an accumulator tank that makes purified water available from a spout on the sink.
This installation, which is so simple even I could do it, also ensures that the water that makes your ice in your refrigerator is as pure as what you drink.
We live in Arizona, we are more aware of the dangers of dehydration than folks that live in a more humid climate.
Having said that, and since this site is about frugal retirement living, It drives me bonkers to see people buying bottled water by the case.
When we leave the house we make sure we have enough water, run through our house reverse osmosis system, to get us through our trip.
A discarded plastic water bottle will be around for hundreds of years, they are an eyesore, and also place a burden on our waste management systems.
So be smart, save money, and make your own pure clean water at the house... your wallet and your environment will thank you.
Call me nuts but my friends and I play golf year-round in Arizona... sometimes that means plain in temperatures above 110 degrees.
We always carry several containers of water in insulated jugs which we bring from our house.
You have to be careful to avoid heatstroke... if you don't have the temperature extremes of Arizona where you live, you still need to drink water before during and after you exercise... don't neglect this health basic.
Since our bodies are 60 to 70% water, one of the simplest things that we can do to improve our health is to make sure we obtain the proper amount of water intake.
You will find that this is one of the simplest, cheapest, and practical things you can do to improve your health... and is why I started out this series of 15 tips for better baby boomer health with drinking water.
Checkout the water filters on the right side of the page, you should get one or the other, when you start monitoring your water drinking regimen.