By: Ana Milena Pérez
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Some nutritionist insist that 80% of the country is walking around dehydrated. We drink too much coffee, tea, and sodas containing caffeine, which prompts the body to lose water. More troubling is that fact that when we are dehydrated, we don’t know what to drink.
The answer is simple: drink water!
Water is pure liquid refreshment and accounts for a large percentage of what make each of us “human.” The average 150 lb. adult body contains 40 to 50 quarts of water. Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is “water weight”:
- Blood is 83% water
- Muscles are 75% water
- The brain is 74% water
- Bone is 22% water
The Fountain of youth, Health and Everything Else that’s Good
Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It also detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries away waste from the body. And when it comes to digestion… it’s just not happening without water. Fiber alone cannot aid proper digestive function by itself. In fact, without water as its partner, good fiber goes bad, causing constipation and extreme discomfort.
If you’re dehydrated, your blood is literally thicker, and your body has to work much harder to cause it to circulate. As a result, the brain becomes less active, it’s hard to concentrate, your body feels fatigued, and you just “poop out.”
Water the Miracle Worker
Simple water — when it’s pure and free of contaminants — is truly a “wonder drug.” Without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day (ideally ½ your body weight in ounces of water) will:
- Improve your energy
- Increase your mental and physical performance
- Remove toxins and waste products from your body
- Keep skin and healthy and glowing
- Help you lose weight
- Reduce headaches and dizziness
- Allow for proper digestion
- Help to keep you more alkaline
Tips for Drinking Water
It can be difficult to remember to drink enough water every day, but I also it can be hard to bounce back from the effects of being even mildly dehydrated. So here are a few easy tips to help you reach your “water mark” every day:
- You are naturally thirsty i.e. “dehydrated” in the morning . . . help your body flush out the toxins it has been processing all night and take advantage of this thirst to get a “leg up” on your daily water requirements by drinking a glass of water first thing.
- If you are cold, drink warm water instead of coffee & tea which can dehydrate you.
- Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to have a drink – you are already dehydrated if you feel thirsty. Set time to remind yourself to establish a habit of drinking water and keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
- Compensate for diuretics… thieves that steal water from your body. If you drink coffee, tea, or sodas with caffeine, you’ll need to drink a few extra glasses of water to make up for the water that these diuretic beverages “leech” from your system.
Information obtained from: www.betterwayhealth.com
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