It is no secret that drinking water is essential to your health. Not only does it keep the body moving, it also helps the body to cleanse itself naturally by flushing out toxins.
Although most of us will agree staying hydrated is important, it can be difficult to consume the daily recommended amount (roughly 3.0 liters for men and 2.2 for women). Why? Because people are busy, and for some, water may seem boring. The sad reality is there are many people who drink soda instead of water, which can in turn lead to major health consequences, such as obesity, kidney damage, and elevated blood pressure.1
6 Reasons why water is so important for our bodies:2
2. Water can help control calories.
3. Water helps energize muscles.
4. Water helps keep skin looking good.
5. Water helps your kidneys.
6. Water helps maintain normal bowel function.
Without enough water, we experience dehydration3
- Dry skin
- Fatigue and weakness
- Increased body temperature
- Muscle cramping
- Darker-colored urine
- Dry mucous membranes (mouth, nose, eyes)
Severe dehydration can also include:
So, in order to flush out toxins and not experience any of the above side effects, it’s pretty clear we need to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. There’s more though—adding essential oils to your drinking water provides antioxidants that help support the cleansing organs and their natural processes to remove even more toxins out of your body. The result—you feel good! Citrus essential oils (lemon, lime, grapefruit, and wild orange) are some of the most preferred to add to water because of their pleasant taste. Citrus essential oils are also high in antioxidants. In a study4, lemon and grapefruit essential oils came in 4th and 5th as essential oils exhibiting high antioxidant activity (lavender was 1st).
If you are a person who doesn’t like the taste of plain water, or are trying to cut back on soda, try making your water more appealing by adding flavor to it. Just by adding 1-2 drops of any citrus essential oil to your water will give you a wonderful flavor and help give you that extra mood and health boost. Give it a try!
Traditional properties of dōTERRA’s citrus oils:
- Mood enhancing
Tip: Make sure to use a glass bottle when drinking water with citrus essential oils. Citrus oils have compounds in them that dissolve petroleum products (also called “petro chemicals). They are perfectly safe for humans, but interact chemically with plastics and other petroleum-based in a way that breaks them down. It is definitely preferable to use glass or steel drinking vessels with oils, but plastic water bottles are fine if not reused.
Tip: Other essential oils that are enjoyable to drink with water include Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend, On Guard Protective Blend, and Zendocrine Detoxification Blend.
Tips to Help You Drink More Water:
- Have a glass of water with every snack and meal.
- Add 1-2 drops of your favorite citrus essential oil to your water for a fresh and invigorating flavor.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
- Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.