Agua, Acqua, H2O... December 21 2013
Any way you say it, water is vitally important to our heath and vitality. During the winter months, we're often less inclined to drink water... and at the same time we're consuming more caffeinated drinks to stay warm and alcoholic drinks at holiday parties. Most of us are already slightly dehydrated, and then coffee and alcohol make matters worse by further dehydrating the body. Why is water so important to our health and vitality?
1. The human body is made up of over 70% water, and the body relies on adequate water for all its systems (metabolic, detoxification, digestion, elimination and circulation) to function optimally. The better hydrated you are, the better your entire body will feel!
2. Water = energy. If you're feeling tired, resist the urge to reach for an espresso or sugary snack... you may be feeling the effects of dehydration. Just a 5% drop in fluids results in a 20-30% loss of energy in a person, so instead, first try a large glass of purified water.
3. Dehydration exacerbates inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. If your joints are stiff and achy, reach for a glass of water before the ibuprofen.
4. Water lubricates the joints and allows for fuller range of motion and flexibility. Better yet, drink water while doing ten minutes of gentle stretching each day - you'll be surprised at how much better you feel with just ten minutes a day of regular practice.
5. The brain is made up of over 75% water... amazing! Memory, focus, brain function and health is optimized by consuming adequate water.
6. Water is crucial to support our liver in detoxifying our bodies and flushing waste from our systems through perspiration, exhalation and elimination. Give your body a break and makes its job easier by providing it plenty of H20 support!
Feeling thirsty or having a dry mouth is often the last indictor of dehydration. More common symptoms are low energy, fatigue, dry skin, back pain, joint stiffness and a general feeling of sluggishness.
How much water should I be drinking, you might ask? Depending on your activity level and size, the standard "eight glasses a day" might not be enough. You should consume more water if you're above average in height and/or weight, do a lot of exercise, have a physically strenuous job, or drink quite a bit of caffeinated coffee, tea, sodas or alcohol.
To make sure you get your water levels back to an optimal level, we recommend initially drinking your body weight in ounces of water daily for one week. You should notice a big difference in your energy level, skin, and possibly even your hair and nails. Your digestion should be smoother, and you might find yourself sleeping better as well. Give it a try!