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Point to Ponder:
Do you drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of water each day?

Sha Klatt

by Sha Klatt

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! How many times have we all heard this? We know we should drink at least 1/2 our body weight in ounces of water each day and it’s actually more important than you may think. Recently, I have heard several scary stories related to dehydration. Five people in our community, ranging in ages from 16-60 lost consciousness and some were seriously injured when they fell, leaving them hospitalized and placed on IV’s for several days, ALL because of dehydration.

I have had three less-serious dehydration scares (but non-the-less painful) of my own. In the past several years, I have had more and more headaches. Last year I had three unbelievable migraines that sent me to the emergency room for very expensive headache relief. I tried to figure out what was triggering the migraines. A glass of wine? A margarita? The high altitude of an airplane flight?

Finally, I realized the common thread… all of these activities were dehydrating. After an 8-week experiment, I have become a HYDRATION ADVOCATE! I started paying attention to my water intake, making sure I was actually getting the recommended daily dose, and lo and behold, I haven’t had one headache since! I can have a glass of wine or a margarita and not get a headache, as long as it’s accompanied by a large glass of water. Now, when I feel a headache coming on I start drinking water and POOF, the headache is gone. It’s so simple, yet magical! Plus, I really do feel so much better when I’m properly hydrated.

Staying hydrated is such a tremendously important topic that I am challenging you to pay extra attention to your water (not tea, soda or coffee) consumption, especially in this scorching summer heat. I promise you will be doing your body a huge favor! As a reminder, here are the proven benefits of water and adequate hydration:

  1. Weight loss
  2. Healthy skin
  3. Fights infection
  4. Rids body of toxins
  5. Heart healthy
  6. Reduces joint pain and arthritis
  7. Boosts Energy
  8. Prevent Constipation
  9. Improves Productivity
  10. Helps fight cancer (science is now telling us that cancer cells look for dehydrated cells to live in and spread)

So, let’s start each day with a giant glass of water and don’t forget to drink a LOT of water before, during and after you iGnite. Make sure you get at least the daily recommendation of 1/2 your body weight in ounces, and avoid using the grocery store purchased water bottles, as our landfills are filled with plastic, (which takes 450 to 1000 years to decompose!) and is actually very difficult and costly to recycle. Instead, refill a reusable water bottle with filtered water, and in the event you need a new and fun water bottle to help you drink all of the water, our 32 oz., pba free and wide-mouth water bottles (which means you can actually clean the inside of them!) have arrived! They come in three bright colors: turquoise, purple and clear. If interested, you can check them out and purchase in our online shop, HERE. Cheers to your glass of ice cold water and bottoms up!

We would love to hear how your water drinking is going and how great you feel! Join in the conversation…comment below!


Action Item:
Start each day with a giant glass of water and drink a LOT of water throughout the day as well as before, during and after exercising. Make sure to drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water each day.


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Give it a Try in July IV

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Point to Ponder:
When was the last time you spent time in and/or around water?

Action Item:
Set a time and day on your calendar to be in and/or around water in the next week.

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

Unfortunately, I did not grow up in or around water. We didn’t have a public pool, only two people in our rural community of 850 had a pool, and the closest thing we had to a lake was TPNL Lake in Hallsburg, TX (where the infamous Branch Davidian’s lived). I say “the closest thing” because while TPNL did and still does serve as a lake, and many people ski, fish and tube there, we were always forced to wear flip flops in and around it because of the glass content from beer bottles, etc, settled at the bottom. Obviously it wasn’t the nicest of lakes, but as a child we couldn’t have cared less. We were just giddy to be in water!

Aside from a few summers of week-long indoor swim lessons, we didn’t have access to a pool. On rare occasion we’d go to the Waco public pool, which was a BIG DEAL, or we’d venture to Dallas and spend a day at Wet & Wild. One summer we even went to Galveston (my first ocean experience), but overall my exposure to water was extremely limited. So, as a child I always loved being in the water (even if it was running through a sprinkler) but there was a large span of time when I spent zero time in and around it, so naturally fear set in. If you don’t use it you lose it, right?!

Thankfully, as an adult I’ve been able to spend much more time in the water, and I’ve had new, wonderful and even uncomfortable experiences. Not only have I had to re-learn how to swim (thanks to my dear friend Shannon and our awesome swim instructor Sha Klatt, I’m actually a very good swimmer) but I’ve also learned to ski and surf (thanks to our water sports expert Kathleen Parker) and will do just about anything in the water now! Of course during all of these activities I swallowed a ton of water, had plenty of it go up my nose, and felt extremely goofy and uncoordinated, but it was important that being in the water felt natural to me again because when I can relax in it, it becomes a baptism-like and cleansing experience for my whole body and spirit.

I am not suggesting that you make it a goal to learn how to swim, ski and surf, but what I am suggesting is that you make being in and around water a weekly priority, which can easily be accomplished in iGnite! Like anything in nature, water has a magical effect on the body, mind and spirit, and when life feels heavy and daunting, water inevitably does the trick. Just the sight of water seems to wash away all worries, puts life back into perspective and adds the “joy spring” to our step, which is likely why the trail at Lady Bird Lake is used by thousands of people each day.

And, of course there’s the indisputable physiological benefits of water, a.k.a., hydration. To optimally function, our bodies MUST be adequately hydrated, which means drinking a minimum of 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day. Do you have achy joints and sore muscles? Drink water. Have dry skin, rashes or acne? Drink water. Struggle with constipation or abdominal bloating? Drink water. Need to boost your metabolism or drop a few pounds? Drink water. Struggle with fatigue or mental fogginess? Drink water.

Don’t like the taste of just plain water? Try our easy water replacement recipes for a tasty alternative. 

I wish I could say the above picture was me diving into the water, but I’m a belly-flopping diver. The picture was taken a few years ago during one of our class adventures at Barton Springs Pool, which consisted of squealing like school girls and then feeling so refreshed and invigorated that we didn’t want to leave. The fifteen minute dip kept us cool for hours, high-spirited and feeling our best!

I’m always amazed at how we (including myself) complicate things. We can search high and low for miracle cures, fountains of youth and sources of health and happiness, when really they’re right outside our doors and fortunately for us, they are plentiful in Austin.

 

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The Tastier Way to Drink Adequate Water

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During this time of the year, the cooler weather causes us to not crave as much water as we do in the warmer months. We do, however, usually crave tasty warm drinks such as coffee and coffee mixtures. While they may be temporarily satisfying and give us a quick pick-me-up, they are also dehydrating. So, especially this time of year, we must be sure to hydrate with water! Staying adequately hydrated is one of the best solutions to eliminating mental fog, energy dips and helping with digestion and weight loss. Who doesn’t want that?

So exactly how much water should you drink? Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day, and more if you exercise. Get bored with plain old water? Here are a couple great alternatives to make it more enjoyable and add additional benefits:

Add Lemon to your Water for a number of healthy benefits

Add a squirt of lemon for not only taste, but also for its antibacterial and antiviral properties, immune-boosting vitamins and minerals, digestive assistance and liver cleansing benefits.

Or, mix up our favorite water substitute “The iGnite Cranberry Cocktail,” found in New York Times Best Seller The Fat Flush Plan. It not only tastes great, but also helps eliminate water retention, cleanses accumulated wastes from the lymphatic system and helps to clean up cellulite.

Mix up the iGnite Cranberry Cocktail
CRANBERRY WATER RECIPE Makes 32 oz.

  • 4 oz Unsweetened 100% Cranberry Juice from Concentrate (found in the juice aisle in most grocery stores)
  • 28 oz Water
  • 1/3 Tsp of liquid Stevia
  • Squirt of lemon for added flavor

Those of us at iGnite swear by this cranberry water — always keep a jug of it in your ‘fridge and you will be amazed at how much more liquid you drink throughout the day.

Try it out & let us know what you think!

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So Simple, Yet Magical!

I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man. — Henry David Thoreau

Action: Start each day with a giant glass of water and drink a LOT of water throughout the day as well as before, during and after exercising.  Make sure to drink at least the daily recommended 64 oz.

by Sha Klatt

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! How many times have we all heard this? We all know we should drink 6-8, 8 oz. glasses of water each day, and it’s actually more important than you may think. Recently, I have heard several scary stories related to dehydration. Five people in our community, ranging in ages from 16-60 lost consciousness and some were seriously injured when they fell, leaving them hospitalized and placed on IV’s for several days, ALL because of dehydration.

I have had three less-serious dehydration scares of my own. In the past several years, I have had more and more headaches. Last year I had three unbelievable migraines that sent me to the emergency room for very expensive headache relief. I tried to figure out what was triggering the migraines, a glass of wine? A margarita? The high altitude of an airplane flight?

Finally, I realized the common thread… all of these activities were dehydrating.  After an 8-week experiment, I have become a HYDRATION ADVOCATE! I started paying attention to my water intake, making sure I was actually getting the recommended daily dose, and lo and behold, I haven’t had one headache since! I can have a glass of wine or a margarita and not get a headache, as long as it’s accompanied by a large glass of water. Now, when I feel a headache coming on I start drinking water and POOF, the headache is gone. It’s so simple, yet magical! Plus, I really do feel so much better when I’m properly hydrated.

Staying hydrated is such a tremendously important topic that I am challenging you to pay extra attention to your water (not tea, soda or coffee) consumption, especially in this scorching summer heat. I promise you will be doing your body a huge favor! You’ll perform better both physically and mentally, feel awesome and have tremendous energy.

Let’s start each day with a giant glass of water and don’t forget to drink a LOT of water before, during and after you iGnite (or exercise elsewhere). Make sure you get the daily recommended 64 oz. and avoid using the grocery store purchased water bottles, as our landfills are filled with plastic, (which takes 450 to 1000 years to decompose!) and is actually very difficult and costly to recycle. Use and refill a reusable water bottle instead!

Finally, try not to buy into the “celebrity hype” as they promote their favorite water. As clever and funny as some of the advertisements are, such as this weeks video, keep your money in your pocket (think of the money you will save!!) and enjoy the good ‘ole water from your faucet or filter.  AND now is the perfect time to replace lost potassium and electrolytes with watermelon. Deeelish!!

In the spirit of properly hydrating, we also encourage you to join in on the iGnite water fun such as the  Lake EscapeSwimming, and Yoga on the dock (overlooking the water).

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