When it comes to our health, staying properly hydrated and drinking enough water is one of the most important things you can do. Many of us do not nearly drink as much water as we should everyday. One thing that many people are not aware of is that sometimes your body confuses a thirst signal for a hunger signal. Keeping this in mind the next time you are reaching for something to eat can remind you to drink more water and to also check in with your body and see if this is really thirst rather than hunger.
Water makes up 60-70% of your body weight and even just a mild dehydration can cause the metabolism to slow down by 3% and a 2% loss of body water can cause trouble focusing, fuzziness, short term memory loss. What exactly does water do for us and why is it so important? Water performs the following functions: removes waste and toxins, transports nutrients and oxygen, controls heart rate and blood pressure, regulates body temperature, protects organs and tissues and creates saliva.
Drinking plenty of water is also important for healthy skin. If you don't drink enough water, you'll suffer from dry skin and you won’t have that glow that we all love to have. Drinking plenty of water also keeps your skin moisturized and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, because your body will try to retain water to conserve resources, your skin can become puffy and appear bloated.
Everyone knows if you are not drinking a lot of water, it can feel like a daunting task to drink as much water as you should. However, once you begin to make it a daily habit, it will become something you crave. It is key to find ways to make drinking water more convenient and accessible so you are more apt to drink it. Consider buying a filter water system for your home and store a lot of water bottles where you work. This will surely allow you the trouble of buying bottled water or having to replace jugs of water in your home.
Fruit, herbal tea, coconut water, and chlorophyll are also excellent choices in addition to drinking water. Add a lemon, lime, cucumber, or any fruit of your choice to add some nutrients and natural flavor to your water if you are not crazy about drinking plain water and starting to get used to drinking more. In addition to hydrating with water, juicing and drinking fruit based smoothies is an excellent option as the fruits and vegetables are water-based foods filled with vitamins and nutrients. Approximately 20% of our water intake is obtained through food. Since many fruits and vegetables contain as much as 90% or more water, juicing and smoothies are a no brainer. Some excellent fruits to juice because of their high-level water content are; watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, peaches, pineapple, raspberries, oranges and blueberries. It can take some time to getting used to drinking more water everyday but the benefits are well worth it. Being hydrated allows you to feel much more vibrant, healthy and with more energy to take on the day.