This can be somewhat of a dry topic, so I decided to juice things up and keep this one crystal clear (did you like all my puns?) Here goes:
Our bodies are made up of 60% water and the body has a plethora of needs for it. Without sufficient hydration, our bodies can’t function properly and keep an equilibrium in our human physiology.
Water is essential for lubricating joints, flushing bodily wastes, allowing the body’s cells to grow, reproduce and survive. It keeps mucosal membranes moist, acting as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord. It also helps deliver oxygen all over the body and is required by the brain to manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters. That only names a few of its benefits.
So as you can see, it’s a vital constituent to the body and without it, eventually, we become lifeless. Seriously.
Let’s talk about how we can incorporate more water into our lives:
1. Start every morning with a big glass of room temperature water. Add some fresh lemon and a dash of Himalayan salts to up those electrolytes and help boost hydration.
2. Take a water bottle with you wherever you go (preferably a stainless steel one or a mason jar will do)
3. When drinking coffee, alcohol or other diuretic drinks, have a glass of water for every other drink you have to keep yourself hydrated.
4. When you live in warmer climates or extremely cold climates, it’s important to drink water. This goes for any exercising endeavours you partake in to replenish lost stores through sweat.
5. Herbal teas and flavouring water with lemons, mint leaves, cucumber coins, berries or other citrus fruits can add a bit of zest to your water and make it more palatable. It also adds antioxidants, vitamin c and other micronutrients.
6. Consuming water-rich foods like citrus fruits, cucumbers, tomatoes, salad greens and watermelon are great ways to increase your hydration levels on top of drinking water.
7. An added tip is to think about where your water source came from and how you can be investing in the best water for yourself! Filtered water eliminates the many chemicals and microparticles (including plastics!) of wastes that can be found in water from our waterways.
An article in The Guardian written by environment editor, Damian Carrington stated that The US had the highest contamination rate at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates followed by the UK, Germany and France.*
Try drinking a tad more water each day
Health authorities globally recommend on average 2L per person a day, but this can vary greatly on your level of activity, age, climate, location, access to fresh drinking water and any ailments you have or medications you may be using.
With that in mind, see for yourself. The many benefits of hydration include much clearer thinking, weight loss and weight management, reducing pain, inflammation and recovery of muscles after exercise. Not just that, but expect clearer, glowing skin, shiny hair and strong nails. Water is essential!
I say, cheers to that!
Until next rambling,
In happiness and health.