Making healthy changes in our lives is a great goal. It rolls off of the tongue nicely. The very idea makes us feel good – and one of the cheapest and easiest ways to have a positive impact on your health by staying hydrated is…water.
Adult bodies are more than 60% water, so staying hydrated is a must. My husband and I suffered from heat stroke last summer as a result of dehydration. We sought medical attention for fatigue, headaches, nausea, light-headedness, muscle weakness and skin that felt hot to the touch. Not a pretty picture, but one that could have been avoided if we had hydrated sufficiently during our overzealous yard work session. It’s not a mistake we’ll make again.
The American Heart Association says that when we experience thirst or dehydration, our blood thickens – and blood is 90% water – so our heart has to work harder to do its job. Thicker blood also raises blood pressure. Be heart smart and keep hydrated.
Insufficient water consumption and the resulting dehydration can also lead to the pain of constipation as well as an unpleasant increase in the occurrence of heartburn.
Drinking more water is a good way to help your kidneys efficiently do their job, removing waste from the body and keeping the formation of kidney stones at bay
Water helps to hydrate the skin, which aids in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Increasing your water intake will also add another weapon to your skin care arsenal of serums and moisturizers.
Because water rids the body of toxins, those with acne will see clearer skin when pairing it with their skincare regimes.
Drinking plenty of water aids in weight loss – and who isn’t trying to lose a few pounds these days? Water acts as an appetite suppressant, increasing your feeling of fullness, which means you’ll eat less, so why not consider drinking an eight-ounce glass of water before each meal? I’ve read that it’s best to drink cold water to boost your metabolism because your body will expend more energy heating the water to your body’s temperature.
Replace sugary drinks with water. No one needs the 39 grams of sugar contained in a 12-ounce can of Coke, as well as the empty 140 calories, and cavities. If you must drink juice – and juices are also high in sugar (20.8 grams of sugar in orange juice according to caloriecounter.com), – create a mixture of four ounces of juice and four ounces of water.
Most people have had the pleasure of at least one hangover in their lives. The alcohol tastes good going down, but in fact, leads to the loss of water, AKA dehydration. If you watch the television show “Bar Rescue” on the Paramount Network, host John Taffer advocates spacing your alcoholic consumption with a glass of water between drinks.
Since it’s not always easy to drink plain water, I enjoy plenty of variety by keeping a pitcher of refreshing flavored water in my fridge to beat the boredom. Sometimes I add cucumber slices and fresh basil to water. Other times I use watermelon slices or citrus fruit slices – lemon, lime, and orange – sometimes together, sometimes separately and sometimes with homegrown mint. I’ve made and enjoyed used many of the 14 Refreshing Fruit Infused Water Recipes found on The Daily Burn web site.
What are your tips for increasing your water intake for maximum hydration?
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