Before we even get started, go to the kitchen (right now — I’m totally serious!) and get yourself a big ol’ glass of water. It’s okay, I’ll absolutely wait until you come back.
Got it? Great! Now take a few sips.
YAY! You just did something super-amazing and super-important for your body! Virtual high-fives for everyone!
Okay, let’s continue…!
This week’s tip is the result of a discussion I had yesterday during a meeting at work. (In other words, what I originally had planned for you got bumped!) Anyway, someone at the table made a really nice comment about my Mason jar full of water and lemon slices, so (of course) we had a quick chat about it — they mentioned that it’d never occurred to them to infuse their water with fruit. But, more to the point, they realized that they weren’t drinking even close to enough water on any given day.
This got me to wondering (a) how many other people aren’t taking in enough water each day, (b) do folks even truly understand why they should, and… (c) why haven’t I ever done a post on something so crucial as proper hydration?!?
By the time you feel thirsty, you are already in a state of dehydration, so make sure you are drinking lots of water throughout the day, each and every day!
I can’t say it any better than Dr. Lee (our family naturopath) does in the following segment — filmed while on retreat last year in sunny Costa Rica. It’s only 7 minutes long and a total life-changer, I promise!
Just refer to my notes below whenever you need a quick reminder why hydration, as a daily habit, is so vital to your health!
- Everyone needs to consume water, continually, throughout the day
- Recommended daily water intake for adults: about 30 mL per kilogram of body weight
- Recommended daily water intake for children: about 50 mL per kilogram of body weight
- People who exercise and produce a lot of sweat will need to drink even more water
- Everyone loses water daily through evaporation (skin), breath, and elimination (yep, the liquid and the solid stuff)
- Our body consists of roughly 60% water, when you add all the tissues together
- Water is used for digestion — all digestive juices are produced with water as a base
- Water is used for circulation and blood viscosity
- Water is used for metabolism and regulation of body temperature
- Water is used by the body for natural detoxification processes
- Water helps regulate body composition and weight
- Satiety (the body signal that tells you when you’re full) is regulated with water
- Water is vital to the health of your joints, muscles, cartilage, and synovial fluids (lubrication between your joints)
- The safest containers for water are: good quality glass, good quality ceramics, and steel water bottles (rather than aluminum) — best to avoid all plastics (even the ones they claim are safe)
Important to Know:
- If you are generally dehydrated (not enough water in your system), the last places your body will direct water to are your hair, skin, and nails
- Only water replaces water — juice, tea and other drinks are not used by the body in the same way
- Popping, clicking, and creaking of joints is usually a sign that you are dehydrated
- Diuretics, such as coffee, cause you to lose a lot of water, so try and replace them using a 1:4 ratio (drink 1 cup of coffee, and then drink 4 cups of water) in addition to your regular intake of water
Remember, by the time you feel thirsty, you are already in a state of dehydration, so make sure you are drinking lots of water throughout the day — but only at the times when you are not eating!
Need some ideas to get you started? Click here for a great article on 14 refreshing and delicious infused waters (also known as detox waters) you can make at home! Click here for the reasons why you should never drink liquids when you eat!
For more useful health hacks, click here.
Creative Commons Photo Credits:
“Lemon Slices” by mahmoud99725