Water & Vitality 101
I can not express enough the importance of drinking water! Yes, it's basic, and seemingly obvious, but how much water we do or do not consume on a daily basis, impacts our bodies in many different ways. I always suggest this as the first step to approaching a healthy lifestyle. The body needs water to survive and when the body is dehydrated that it starts to become unhealthy. Hydrate, and the body responds.
Water is the primary component of all the bodily fluids- blood, lymph, digestive juices, urine, tears, and sweat. Water is involved in almost every bodily function: circulation, digestion, absorption, and elimination of wastes, to name a few. Water carries the electrolytes, mineral salts that help convey electrical currents in the body; the major minerals that make up these salts are calcium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.
Water requirements vary greatly from person to person. The climate in which we live, our activity level, and our diet influence our need for water.
A common recommended that you drink 8-8oz glasses of water a day. Water ideally needs to be pure, and free of chemicals like chlorine and fluoride, as they are hormone disruptors. Drinking pure water is clean, but is missing necessary minerals that are essential to health, therefore, ensuring a whole foods diet rich in vitamins and minerals is a must.
Simple water when it's pure and free of contaminants is truly nourishing and improves health. A steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day, will:
* Aid in Weight Loss * Improve Your Energy * Increase Your Mental and Physical Performance * Remove Toxins & Waste Products from your body through elimination * Keep Skin Healthy and Glowing * Reduce Headaches and Dizziness * Allow for proper Digestion * Help to keep you more Alkaline *Transport vital nutrients throughout the body
In addition to transporting vital nutrients, water regulates the body’s temperature, allows for easier digestion, lubricates the joints, helps eliminate wastes and keeps skin healthy, youthful and attractive. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, which may result in frequent headaches, general fatigue, dizziness, constipation and impaired memory and vision. A shortage of water also will result in excess water weight, as too little H2O causes our bodies to store water outside of our cells, making us feel bloated and heavy.
Drinking plenty of water can help you loose or maintain a healthy weight, too. Water is calorie-free, suppresses the appetite naturally and helps metabolize fat. Without enough water, your kidneys cannot function properly, which forces them to send some of their workload to your liver. Since one of the liver’s main functions is to metabolize stored fat, the added work from the kidneys means that the liver burns less fat so that more fat remains on the body – usually on the waist, hips and thighs.
Tips for Drinking Water : It can be tough to remember to drink enough water every day, but it also can be tough to bounce back from the effects of being even mildly dehydrated. So here are a few easy tips to help you reach your optimum water intake every day:
1. Your body is naturally thirsty in the morning. To jumpstart your water requirements for the day drink at least a glass of water first thing. If you have a sluggish digestive system, adding lemon is best done in the morning on an empty stomach upon rising. It will stimulate digestion which is a great way to start the day! 2. Don't wait until you're thirsty to have a drink – you are already dehydrated if you feel thirsty. 3. To establish a habit of drinking water and keep a bottle of water with you at all times. 4. Add lemon, lime, or berries to water if you need a little flavor. 5. Keep in mind that caffeinated drinks are diuretics. You will need to drink extra water to compensate for the water loss through the caffeinated drinks you consume. 6. Only drink small amounts of water with meals. Consume lots of water throughout the day, and ideally drink water an hour before or after a meal. Water during meals, will dilute the enzymes found in food and the absorption will be inhibited or slowed.
[ Author : Lise-Marie Johnson , R.H.N Holistic Nutritionist ]
[ Esme Holistic Nutrition ] The information on this site is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.