Are you drinking enough water everyday?
Water is the most important nutrient in the body. Without enough water our bodies simply don’t function properly. Every cell in the body requires water to obtain nutrients and energy and to release toxins and waste.
Our bodies are composed of about 60-70% water (just like our planet)! It is the main component of our fluids; blood, lymph, digestive juices, urine, tears, and sweat.
Why Your Body Needs Water
Detoxification: Water is necessary for the body to eliminate waste products, urine, feces, sweat.
Digestion: Water makes up saliva and the mucus membranes of the stomach, small and large intestines. Even mild dehydration can cause indigestion, heartburn, and constipation.
Fat burning: Dehydration can raise cortisol levels which can lead to fat storage around your waist and other areas. Thirst signals can be disguised as hunger, leading you to eat when what you really need is more water.
Immune health: Most of our body’s water is in the lymphatic system. Without lymph, your white blood cells and other immune cells would not be able to travel throughout the body to fight pathogens.
Signs of Dehydration
If the body’s water content drops by as little as 2%, it will cause fatigue.
Signs of Mild Dehydration
Signs of Chronic Dehydration
- joint pian
- back pain
How much water should you drink?
A good guideline is to divide your body weight in half and drink that many ounces of water per day.
But it really varies from person to person. You may need more or less depending on the climate you live in and your activity level. Those eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruits will need less water than those consuming processed and dried foods. Many drinks are actually diuretics -meaning they cause your body to lose water. If you’re drinking coffee, sodas, alcohol, and fruit juices you need to drink more water.
Tips for Staying Hydrated
1. Drink 2 glasses of water as soon as you wake up. To make this an easy habit, fill up a water bottle before going to bed at night and keep it by your bedside. As soon as you wake up, before you do anything else, drink your water.
2. Drink water before you feel thirsty – once you get your thirst signals you’re already mildly dehydrated.
3. It’s best not to drink too much water with meals as it dilutes your digestive juices. Drink a few glasses at least 15 minutes or 1/2 hour before each meal.
4. Flavor your water with lime, orange, or cucumber slices. Add some mint, basil, or other herbs.
5. Drink sparkling water when craving soda. Flavor it up with some fresh lemon juice or a sprig of rosemary. Or add a bit of cranberry or pomegranate juice for flavor.
6. Much of hydration is also about mineral balance – water depends on electrolytes for proper absorption. Add a pinch of unrefined sea salt to your water, especially when you can’t quench your thirst.
7. Avoid or limit diuretic beverages; coffee, caffeinated teas, soda, alcohol, and fruit juices. For each diuretic beverage, add 12-16 ounces more of water to your daily intake. Prescription drugs are also diuretics.
8. Next time you’re hungry for a snack, reach for some water first – many people mistake being hungry for being thirsty.
9. Try to limit consuming water from plastic bottles, and if using plastic look for BPA free bottles. Glass and stainless steel are the best options. Beat the morning rush by filling your water bottles the night before and leave it ready to go in your fridge. If you keep extra water bottles in your car, consider switching to glass bottles like Mountain Spring water, to avoid the possible leaching of toxins in overheated plastic bottles.