Did you feel thirsty today and ignore the feeling? Guess what – by the time you experience the sensation of the thirst, your body has already been dehydrated. The feeling of thirst is your body calling out for re-hydration. Drinking water is extremely important, it helps maintain the balance of body fluids and your mental and physical well-being, it’s basically like fuel to a car, you can’t function without it. Remember, your body is composed of about 60% water.
In this week’s blog we will explore a few cool insights into the importance of water, especially since summer is approaching!
Firstly, Here are some warning signs that your body is lacking water:
– Constant headaches
– Poor concentration
– Food cravings
– Dry skin and lips
– Muscles and joint pain
While it’s true a tall glass of water is the best known way to stay hydrated, there are plenty of alternative options as well. You can also get it from foods. There are many healthy foods that can contribute a large amount of water to your diet. You can reach for some of these water-rich foods and fluids that keep the H2O balance just right, and won’t require so many trips to the water cooler! Here are some examples for hydrating foods: Watermelon, Cucumber, Coconut water, Apple, Tomato, Cherry, Grapes, Pomegranate, Spinach, Raspberry, Zucchini, Grapefruit, lettuce and Celery. Be sure to incorporate them into your diet, if you’re not an avid fan of downing glass after glass of water.
Undoubtedly, we all know how important hydration is for our health, but that’s not the only thing to keep in mind while hydrating, the timing of your consumption of water can be equally important. Drinking water at certain times of the day can optimize the health benefits and maximizes effectiveness on your body.
– Start your day with two full glasses of warm or room temperature (not cold!) water to help activate your internal organs. You may also be dehydrated from the night before so, best to drink up and start your day feeling fresh, light & hydrated.
– One glass of water 30 minutes before a meal, helps with digestion.
– One glass before taking shower can help lower blood pressure.
– One glass of water before going to bed, will give you sound sleep and is also believed to avoid strokes and heart attack.
Very often we don’t realize most of our problems stem from the lack of water in our system. Drinking enough water, especially in these tough summers, can help banish headaches and relieve fatigue. It also helps to improve your mood, complexion, boost your energy levels and your immune system. It flushes out the toxins, improves digestion. promotes weight loss and prevents kidney stones.
Drinking water on an empty stomach contributes to a healthy level of hydration. It’s a great way to wake up your body. Don’t forget to eat and drink in the morning: it’s important for your morning energy and vitality! Allow yourself the pleasure of drinking some fresh or sparkling water during meal, as they are rich in sodium water making it good for digestion. Listen to your body, the simplest way of remembering is to always have a water bottle on hand.