If you haven’t taken your hydration seriously thus far, now is the time to make a change!
The very talented Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Water is the driving force in nature” and he wasn't wrong.
Water ranks second to oxygen as essential for life. If you haven’t taken your hydration seriously thus far, now is the time to make a change! With some small and very manageable changes to your hydration habits, you can significantly positively impact your quality of life.
Each day, you will lose on average about 10 cups of water through urination, sweat, and respiration and physical activity will increase this amount. Since water transports nutrients, cleans out wastes and toxins and helps convert food into energy, keeping your body’s systems functioning normally requires constant hydration.
When your body does not receive the level of hydration necessary to perform functionally, it will experience stress, and it will respond accordingly. Studies have shown that being just half a liter dehydrated can increase your cortisol levels. And then the vicious cycle may kick in. Although dehydration can cause stress, the reverse is also true. You’re actually likely to get more dehydrated when you’re under stress, because your heart rate is up and you’re breathing more heavily, so you will lose extra fluid.
~ Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. ~ 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. ~ Mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism as much as 3%. ~ A 2% loss in the water surrounding your cells can result in a 20% drop in your energy levels. ~ A 2% drop in water is capable of triggering short-term memory trouble and impairing mental function.
Even mild dehydration can cause:
~ dry mouth
~ low blood pressure
~ dry skin
~ shortness of breath
~ rapid heart rate
~ hot flashes
If you are like most people, it’s probable that you will experience times of significant stress. Some experiences are just tough to deal with no matter who you are! Ironically, it’s during these times that you are most likely to forget to pay attention to your water consumption. So, take a moment right now, to spend a couple of minutes identifying specific places and times when you know you will feel extra pressure. Then set yourself a reminder to ensure you have a bottle of water with you to sip during those high-stress times. Sometimes, simply remaining hydrated will help keep you at your best during these times and reduce the magnitude of the physiological responses you will have to stress.
Note: If you are feeling thirsty it’s probably a sign you are already dehydrated.
Next time you use the bathroom, check the color of your urine. The darker the urine and the stronger the smell, the more dehydrated you are and you should aim to regularly consume enough water to make sure your urine remains relatively light in color and odor. Usually one gallon per day will be sufficient.
Water is such a key determinant in your health and increasing your daily consumption is a very accessible change you can create for yourself. Just taking 8 ~10 glasses of water a day can significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
Remember that staying hydrated supports your health and quality of life so aim to drink plenty of pure water daily. It is the best cleanser of the body, an excellent diuretic, supports brain function, and is essential for healthy, plump skin. Stay hydrated. It seems surprising that so much time and money is being spent on supplements, organic foods and natural remedies and so little attention is given to the quality and effect of the water with which those items are taken.
More water facts:
~ In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Just one glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study. ~ Drinking 16 oz. of water before meals three times a day, increases weight loss by an average 5 lbs. ~ Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
Tips to build more water consumption into your day:
~ Carry an insulated sports bottle with you and fill it up periodically. ~ Keep a glass of water on your desk at work. ~ Keep another glass next to your bed. Many of us wake up dehydrated first thing in the morning. ~ Switch one glass of soda or cup of coffee for a glass of water. ~ Try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to plain water to add variety. ~ Drink small amounts of water throughout the day. Sipping fluids over time maximizes fluid retention and is preferable to drinking large amounts in one sitting.
Just something so simple can change your quality of life.
Become a driving force of nature! Stay hydrated.
With love from one goddess, to another!
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 European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dec 2003; 57 Supplement 2: S24-S29
 Consuming part of the water required for proper daily hydration before your meals can control your appetite, according to a study by researchers from Virginia Tech and reported at the 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Drinking 16 oz. of water before meals three times a day over a 12-week period increased average weight loss by about 5 lbs., compared with those who did not increase water intake. Researchers could not definitively say what caused the additional weight loss but speculate it fills up the stomach making you feel fuller.