Water is the only drink for a wise man. Henry David Thoreau
Most of us are dehydrated and do not even realize it. If you are experiencing fatigue, headache, hunger, crankiness, having trouble losing weight, dry skin or a long list of other symptoms, chances are you may need a tall glass of water. There are a number of studies linking adequate water consumption with improved health, and dehydration with causing negative affects on our mind and body. More than half of our bodies are made up of water. When we lack the main nutrient that our body needs to run efficiently, it cannot operate at its top performance level. This is one of the easiest ways that we can become healthier and happier literally overnight. It’s free and readily available, we just need to remember to drink it!
There are a few ways that you can include water in your daily routine. By keeping a tall glass of water by the bed it is right in the morning to drink before getting up. This is a way to wake up refreshed and hydrated, ready to start the day. Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake is another thing that you can do to stay well hydrated. These foods contain have a high water content. Imagine that, another benefit to eating fruits and veggies! It is important to not wait until you are thirsty to reach for the water. Thirst is your body’s way of letting you know that you are dehydrated. If you are drinking consistently the day your body should have all the water it needs and should not have to tell you that it needs more.
When we begin plugging away at the day’s to-do list, water is often the last thing on our mind, but it is one of the best things to keep your body going throughout the day. Do what it takes to establish the habit of drinking water each day. It should only take about a month to establish the habit. At first you can write sticky notes, keep glasses of water around the house, buy a giant bottle that you refill daily, mark it on you calendar, or set an hourly timer. It is worth making the effort. After you have established drinking water as part of your daily routine you will not need to think twice about it.
The typical recommendation for water consumption is eight 8-ounce glasses each day. There are many variables though. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, athletes, or people who consumer diuretics like coffee, alcohol, and soda need to consume more. While others that have a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, or those who are not very physically active may not need quite as much. As long as you are remembering to drink consistently throughout the day and eating fresh foods you are doing great.
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