Should you drink more water?

The flat answer is YEAH, drink more water! Hydration is critical to health, and Americans simply don’t drink enough water. We drink and eat everything else, we are hungry all of the time, full of cravings and constantly looking for energy in the wrong place (the cabinet or refrigerator) not at the water cooler or the tap!
Healthful amounts of water are crucial to metabolism, skin, organs, weight control, stress levels, fitness and overall health…just to mention a few benefits.

When you are well hydrated you can focus better on everything, wake up feeling refreshed, digest your food with ease, look younger, recover better from fitness endeavors, have energy for your family and hobbies, feel less overwhelmed all the time, have fewer headaches-backaches-overall muscle aches…and the list goes on. Downside, you may use the potty more often, but that’s life!

 Below find a hydration calculator…it’s spot on for recommending the proper hydration for you weight. The only point I get frustrated with is discussion about where you can get added hydration from in your diet…absolutely a good 20% of your water comes from veggies in a healthful diet, but beyond that all your hydration should come from good ol’ water (not sodas or juices these products simply add calories and cause issues). Eat good food, drink lots of water- take care & be well!

Here’s the Hydration Calculator, it only takes about 1 minute of time to get educated.
More about hydration on this blog

Water: Every living being on earth needs it!

Water improves your overall health by cleansing your body from waste and toxins all the time. Enough water in your system daily
will improve
the absorption of vitamins and nutrients from food which in turn aids digestion and increases your energy levels. Cleansing your internal organs with water helps prevent certain cancers caused by poor diet and inactivity; it also thins blood naturally which improves your circulation and lowers health risks associated
with high blood pressure and coronary heart disease. Water is your best friend for weight maintenance or loss.

 

Drinking enough water daily will speed up your metabolism
to burn more calories during and after any workout. Your body needs to
metabolize stored fat into energy which slows considerably when you are even
mildly dehydrated; therefore, you are working against yourself by not giving
your body good amounts of water to use. (Don’t do that!) Water lubricates muscle fibers and adds  “definition” when you’re talking about muscle tone! Oh yeah!

Water improves your skin, the largest organ! Water helps to
prevent sagging skin caused by aging and weight loss. Water plumps the skin
cells, giving you a younger and healthier look. Also, during times
of weight loss, your body will be trying to get rid of a lot of waste because of
stored fat, so giving your body enough water simply helps flush all of that out.
(No pun intended, but honestly, not a bad graphic.)

General rules to follow:  Drink at least 8 “glasses” per day– based on an 8 oz glass, for a total ½ gallon of water each day. Start there and build your water consumption, for example: I work out with moderate intensity at least 30 minutes each day and drink about 1 gallon everyday. (I know, crazy right, but honestly, I feel blah if I don’t have enough water, & I crave more sweets probably because I am looking for energy.)  Your amount may change depending on your medical condition and medication, so ask your doctor for specifics as needed especially if you have kidney or liver issues.

Overweight? Drink 1 glass extra per day for every 20 pounds over “normal weight” because the extra weight creates extra metabolic demand. And when you are working out, you should add 1 glass for every 20 minutes of the workout routine.

Do not count sodas and coffee as part of your daily liquid consumption. Sugary drinks and caffeine, even diet drinks without sugar, are dehydrators and
are not quality liquids! The 8 or more glasses of water daily should come in
addition to other beverages you’re already drinking. You will likely not crave much of anything else once you begin drinking water!

Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruit means you are already consuming water through your diet…that’s good, so pat yourself on the back! Check out this great link for more information: Water Content of Fruits and Vegetables provided by the University of Kentucky research.

Water has many advantages over the other goods you consume daily
when you are examining your current lifestyle eating habits. Don’t
underestimate its benefits! Consuming enough water will prevent you from getting
dehydrated which will help your body by not storing unwanted fat. Awesome, right? You may also lower your blood pressure immediately once you become properly hydrated…it’s so good for you!

When you become dehydrated, your body goes into a survival mode
and begins to store any water it gets in all kinds of places that actually look
like unsightly bulges, sort of like a camel’s hump. Yikes. So, consistently drinking enough water, your body will get the idea that it doesn’t need to store it, that’s
good
. At first you might find yourself heading to the restroom more often;
however, as your body begins “using” the new natural hydration level, those
trips will slow down.

One more advantage, if you or someone you love (spouse, kids or
aging parents) is suffering from headaches, random stomach aches, dry skin,
dizziness, or constipation simply try adding more water everyday because these
are signs of dehydration, which can be chronic and disruptive. (Link at bottom of page for more information.) Think about this- for nearly any hospital stay you’re hooked up to a saline-drip IV, the medical community must know something they’re not communicating effectively. Hydration eliminates many issues & speeds recovery of the rest!

How to get enough-Quick Tips: (so easy)

1. First thing each day fill a mug full of water and drink it. Viola, 8-10oz and you have barely opened your eyes! If you notice this new habit makes you feel better than your first cup o’java let me know, I know it helps me!

2. At the store, pick up a small pack of water bottles to keep in the car (this works most of the year, I wouldn’t recommend this habit in the summer though, the inside car temperature gets too hot for this to be refreshing).

3. Keep a cup specifically for water at your desk or work
station.  Make a pact with you that looking at it means it’s time to fill up!

4. At home: Through the door water on your refrigerator? Use it! Set some cups each facet in the house at all times, I bet your water consumption doubles!! We keep a sharpie and disposable “cups” near the water dispenser in the kitchen; this cuts down on the stack of cups piling up in the sink and makes for easy tracking of consumption. It’s a family game – write Name, Day of the Week and Tally Mark for each fill up!

Put this great habit into your lifestyle and be sure to check the mirror for progress. Notice the difference in your skin as wrinkles will begin disappearing; your hands will be less itchy and your tummy won’t be as round! So simple, so true. (also check out Healthy Nutrition)

Dehydration Symptoms can range from mild to severe, the Mayo Clinic offers an in
depth look at these symptoms and may be very helpful for those suffering on a
daily basis.