I got very excited in my last newsletter about replacing sugary canned and bottled drinks as we move into the warm and hot months. I was eager for you to think ahead and plan to make healthier choices before you found yourself in the checkout line at the grocery store with a variety of soft drinks in your cart.
It is very important that we drink liquids, and plenty of them!
We need adequate fluids to regulate body temperature, flush out toxins, hydrate our skin, lungs, and joints, and transport nutrients and oxygen to our cells. We can live quite a while without food, but only a few days without water.
Basic healthy hydration means drinking not too much water, nor too little.
People’s hydration needs fluctuate during any 24 hour period, so you may want to experiment with when you drink that extra fluid. Some guidelines to consider are:
- Drink more in the morning, less in the afternoon, and none in the evening. Less sleep disruption is a good thing. You may be slightly dehydrated in the morning, which is a great time for some lemon water.
- The flip side of that, though, is the comfort I have from getting up in the night to use the restroom. I am then assured that I am, in fact, fully hydrated, which is just how I want to be before a long, hard day of physical activity such as a long bike ride, or for others, a day in the farm fields or garden.
- Drinking early in the day has the additional benefit of leaving less room and desire for unhealthy foods and drinks.
If you are trying to lose weight, there are many benefits to drinking adequate amounts of water.
- By replacing soda, alcohol or coffee with water, you can cut a significant number of calories from your daily routine. Many people can effortlessly lose 10lbs. simply by replacing soda with water throughout the day. Beware of alcohol — a jumbo margarita, for example, can have up to 700 calories!
- Try drinking water before a meal — it will help to break down the food more effectively.
Drinking more water will help to curb cravings for unhealthy foods. Fill a pitcher with clean, filtered water, or by a liter of pure spring water. Add some berries or cucumber for healthy flavor, if you like, and then sip it steadily through the day. You’ll have less room for, and desire less coffee, black, tea, and soft drinks. You will naturally cut down on undesirables if you are well hydrated, and your health may well improve in other areas as well.