More on Hydration

Water for hydration
It just makes sense to drink more water!

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.

I did receive some feedback that the message had been heard.  One health coaching client of mine, for example, said that he was going to get started on some Herbal Tea right away, just to start with some good seasonal new habits, and others were particularly interested in the Jamaican Gingerade recipe, which is definitely a favorite at our family gatherings. The fact that the recipe makes a big jug of it is a plus, as well, so we have plenty…. maybe even some left over, which is not a bad thing.
What I didn’t talk about last time, though, was just how important it is to be talking about our increased need for fluids at this time of year.

It is very important that we drink liquids, and plenty of them!

And, yes, we do need more hydration in the Spring and Summer months than we do in the dead of Winter.  Water generates all of life on the planet.  It is good for our bodies, inside and out.  Water therapies abound, such a showers, relaxing baths, whirlpools, and hot springs.  In fact, much of disease is the direct result of dehydration.
Unfortunately, the body doesn’t send the message that we are thirsty until we are on the verge of dehydration.  Additionally, many people spend most of their lives dehydrated, needlessly suffering from low energy, food cravings, and other symptoms, some of them very serious, not realizing that there is a very easy fix for all of these conditions — get more fluids.

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.

Water makes up 2/3 – 3/4 of our body weight, which makes it a pretty big part of who we are.  That is reason enough to be paying close attention to how much hydration we are getting. The ideal way to get water is through fresh raw, fruits and vegetables. Hence, nature’s wisdom in making these foods so accessible and plentiful during the Spring and Summer! In addition, it just makes more sense to drink more water.

Basic healthy hydration means drinking not too much water, nor too little. 

Our brains are 85% water, so a good balance can be maintained by drinking 1 – 2 quarts of water a day, including things like fresh juices and smoothies and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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.

Drink up!

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