We all know we should drink more water. How much exactly will depend on many things. Your sex, age, weight, level of activity and health are some of the considerations. But let’s keep it simple for the purpose of this post. If you go pee and it’s not light/clear you need to drink more water. You can also use this hydration calculator to determine how much you need.
Water is required by every cell in our body to function properly. We know water helps the body get rid of toxins, we know its good for our skin and joints, we know its important for weight management. But, did you know that our brains are over 75% water! Dehydration affects brain function! Staying hydrated will help you think faster and clearer. It can even help prevent attention deficit disorder! So, let’s stay smart people, hydrate!
Think how important it is, not only for us adults, but for our children to stay hydrated. Keep in mind that commercial juices and sodas are so high in sugar they work against hydration. I have to stress this, because I see it everyday, giving your child a “harmless” glass of store bought juice is not harmless. Please be mindful of what drinks you give your children, they can’t make those choices yet so its up to us to care for their health.
Fruits and vegetables high in water content are a way to get some hydration. And you can make fruit (no sugars added) and vegetable juices at home. But the best way to keep our bodies oiled up is to drink plenty or water.
I know it’s easy to forget to grab a glass of water, but here are some things I do to make it easier.
Keep a water container in your nightstand. For healing purposes Aryuveda recommends to store water in copper vessels. It has been studied and proven that copper vessels help purify water! I will start keeping my water in a copper cup over night so the first sip of the day is a cleansing one :).
As soon as you wake up drink 12oz (this is easy if you have that glass by your nightstand 🙂
Keep a glass right next to your fridge, that way every time you go past it you will remember to have some.
If you are breastfeeding, like me, have a glass every time you do.
Keep a glass or aluminum bottle in your purse, with water of course :).
Every time you get a craving for something unhealthy have a glass of water, not only will you be rehydrating but the craving might subside!
And don’t worry you are drinking too much, chances are you are not.
Ok, so to wrap it up, DRINK MORE WATER, JUST DO IT! 🙂 It’s practically free, readily available and tastes like nothing so if won’t make you gag. What it WILL do is wonders for your health. So, win win!