Drink More Water

Water Works

Summer is here!!

We would like to share a very crucial tip to help you enjoy what mother nature has in store for us this summer:

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate… Hydration is critical for your mind, body and
soul to feel Optimal!It is common for people who are wanting to improve their health to work on improving nutrition, getting their hormones balanced, increasing exercise, and work on their improving their mindset, but often what they drink is not given enough thought.  The adult human body is made up of 60% water.  Think about that for a moment.  That is 2/3 of our entire body composition!!   Our brain contains 80 percent water, our muscle has 75 percent, our skin has 70 percent, and our blood has 83 percent.  

Water is required to help the vital parts of our body to function properly each day.

Drinking enough water is important because cells must have water in order to live because water is the main component of blood which carries the oxygen and nutrients to the cells.  Without these two things, the cells would die.Drinking enough water boosts your metabolism, enables your hormones to perform their functions, it allows for toxin removal, it boosts brain power, and prevents headaches, among many other benefits.   

When you are even mildly dehydrated you can experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Unable to think properly.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Prone to headaches and dizziness.
  • Easily worn out and feeling fatigued.
  • Mood swings that you cannot control. (anger, anxiety, irritability, etc)
  • Craving sugar.
  • Dry skin.
  • Constipation.

As we run through our day to day routine we often lose sight of the wellness of our mind body, physical body, and spiritual body. We often forget the importance of being conscious of how we feel and why we feel it. Our body’s reaction to situations is the way our body tells us that it is not in balance.  By giving you the symptoms listed above, your body is telling you that it does not have enough fluid to circulate and regulate the essential daily functions of our body. By the time you actually feel thirsty, your body is already suffering from mild dehydration.  When your body gives you the symptoms listed above, the dehydration has progressed.  It is much better to be proactive and prevent these issues.  You will feel, look, and move better by being aware of the needs of your body.

If you want to feel energized, think clearly, move freely, and live a vital, fun life, it is imperative that you drink enough water.  The rule of thumb is to consume the ounces of water that equal half the amount of your body weight in pounds.  Ex.  150 pounds body weight = 75 ounces a day of water that should be consumed.  If you are sweating more, your intake may need to be higher.  If your urine is a faint (very light) yellow, it indicates that you are well hydrated.  If it is a darker color, it typically indicates dehydration.  (Note: first morning urine is always darker, and certain vitamins and foods may temporarily darken your urine.)

Four Tips To Help You Drink More Water

  1. Have water with every snack and meal.
  2. If you don’t like the taste of water, add a fruit or vegetable to your water; you’re likely to drink more liquids if you like the way they taste.  Cutting up a lemon, lime, or cucumber, putting the slices in a glass jar filled with water, and storing it in the refrigerator provides you with a great source of healthy, flavored water.
  3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
  4. Keep a glass bottle of water with you that has measurement on it.  
    figure out how much water you need to drink each day and make a goal to drink a certain amount of water by a certain time each day.  For example, if you need 60 ounces of water per day, get a 20 ounce glass bottle, fill it with water, and make a goal to finish 20 ounces every 4 hours.  You will have drank 60 ounces in a 12 hour period.  Splitting up the water that you need to drink into manageable, measurable portions that have a time goal will make it easier to stay on top of your hydration.

We would also like to mention that it is important to minimize caffeinated drinks as these act as diuretics–they basically push fluids out of your body which can cause a mild dehydration.  Aside from that, too much caffeine can stress your adrenal glands and end up causing you to feel more fatigued.  If you require caffeine to function, then we highly advise that you get your hormones and lifestyle evaluated in order to fix the underlying problem.  If you simply enjoy a little caffeine, limit it to a cup (max of 2) in the morning.  

By following these tips, you will stay ahead of thirst and keep your body well hydrated.  Be proactive with your hydration and you will help prevent headaches, fatigue, mood swings, etc.  

Sandra Scutelnicu
CranioSacral Therapist.

An intuitive body works specialist who assists you in resolving a variety of physical pain.

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