Hello SOTGC community,
After a full month of being inundated with projects, deadlines, meetings, and phone calls, I’ve lost track of my days. I’m eating later than I’d like, and I’m struggling to stay hydrated. It happens to all of us when we get busy and are attempting to multitask the commitments in our busy lives. The beautiful health routine we envisioned and even successfully adhered to for the first part of 2014 is no longer organized. What do we do? We get back to basics. And that is exactly what I did. I picked something simple to focus on, and created a routine to get back on track. So if you had a month like I had, let’s push the reset button and do something very simple. Drink more water. Regular water intake keeps our bodies clean, detoxified, energized, and healthy. Here are some easy tips and reasons to get you inspired about hydration health.
- Maintain your beautiful skin complexion with water. Skin cells hold a lot of water, and dehydration is often evidenced by a dry, wrinkled, sunken appearance. While water won’t reverse wrinkles, drinking adequate amounts can leave your skin looking healthier and more radiant. Staying full of radiant beauty is a great motivator for many.
- Look at what’s leaving your body while you take a bathroom break as a cue to whether you are drinking enough fluids or not. Yes, I am recommending you look at the color and consistency of your urine and feces. If the urine is concentrated, dark, and minimal in volume, it is usually a sign that you need more fluids. Know that certain medications and supplements can alter the color of urine. Constipation can be another sign you are not taking in the amount of fluids your body needs. Are you someone who needs more water? Take a peek during your next bathroom break.
- Our bodies are made of more than 60 percent water. Total body water content is crucial for maintaining essential functions such as digestion, nutrient absorption, circulation, body temperature maintenance, and production of bodily fluids such as saliva, just to name a few. Just like vehicles need gas to operate, our cells also need adequate water hydration in order to function optimally.
- Pay attention to your body. When we become dehydrated, our body has a natural thirst mechanism that kicks in, assisting us to remember to replenish that need. Listen to it.
- Energize your muscles with water. Whether your exercising or not, adequate fluid intake is beneficial to avoiding muscle fatigue and soreness. When exercising and sweating, it is even more important to maintain adequate hydration to offset the losses.
- Protect your organs with water. Both the kidneys and the digestive track maintain balance for the entire body. Adequate fluid intake allows both to perform their job of ridding waste from the body.
- Drink filtered water. These days, it can be a challenge to obtain clean water. Trace amounts of all sorts of things enter our water source, not to mention the treatment chemicals used to keep the water clean. Know your water source. Consider having it tested. Having filtered water is a priority for your body. Remember, if you don’t filter the water before you drink it, your body becomes the filter.
- Be mindful of your water bottle. As plastic has increasingly become a staple in packaging and consumer products, the growing body of research linking the chemical compound found in plastic, bis-phenol A (BPA), to health concerns remains. These days, it is common to see labels that say “BPA free.” To minimize your exposure to this plastic chemical, glass or metal water bottles are preferred.
- Sneak water into your regimen. Sometimes it can be hard to drink something as tasteless as water. Some of us like bubbles. Others like flavor. I say get creative with your intake. I have found 2 ways to increase my water hydration routine to create some variety. First, I add more water to my morning green smoothie. Because I use a vita mixer rather than a juicer as a way to keep my fiber source, the consistency of the smoothie mimics a juice, and I get two health benefits in one. I also make iced herbal tea and keep it in the refrigerator to sip on throughout the week. Iced Peppermint tea is one of my favorite choices because it is refreshing, thirst quenching, and very settling for the digestive system.
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