Don’t overlook the importance of H2OThursday, July 28, 2016
The temperature is rising and summer is in full swing. As the weather gets hotter, our bodies can overheat. Don’t overlook the importance of H2O, especially during these warmer months when our body may be screaming to be hydrated. Signs or symptoms of dehydration include: constipation, brain fog, fatigue, puffiness, dry lips, dark yellow/brown urine with low output and increased pain in joints and muscles.
Dehydration impacts your mental and physical abilities. We push our body to the limit with inadequate hydration, sleep and poor nutrition then wonder why we are tired or sick and unable to think or perform at optimal levels.
The three most common reactions to dehydration are: 1) ignore it; 2) feed it (thinking it is a sign of hunger); or 3) medicate the symptoms.
Create a habit of reaching for water as often as you can throughout the day and not waiting for the “signs or symptoms” to occur. In the book, Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj shares twenty years of clinical and scientific research into the role of water in the body, explains a breakthrough discovery that Unintentional Chronic Dehydration (UCD) produces stress, chronic pains and many painful degenerative diseases.
People say they don’t like to drink water because they don’t like the taste or they may not drink anything because they don’t want the inconvenience of having to stop what they are doing to go to the restroom. Newsflash: Your body has basic needs and functions that require water. If you don’t drink water, eventually, you will suffer health consequences.
Only water is water. It’s important to realize coffee, alcohol and sugary drinks actually contribute to dehydration. Your mind and body may have become accustom and addicted to coffee, soda and juice, but the body requires water. Increase your daily water intake for the health of it!
Observe a plant before and after watering. A plant will wither up quickly during the summer days of intense heat and no watering. Amazingly, after a couple days of watering, it can spring back to a healthy plant again. Relate these benefits to your body and brain!
Below are three quick and simple water tips to incorporate into your day.
1. Drink 8 oz of water when you first get out of bed. Consider water your kick start for the mind and body.
2. Drink 8 oz of water within an hour of going to bed. Sleep is the time the body can repair and restore itself as well as detoxify.
3. Keep a glass of water or container at your desk and refill throughout the day. Those frequent water breaks to the restroom provide additional health benefits, also addressing the sitting too long dilemma.
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