Everyone’s heard that you must hydrate when you’re sick. But why hydrate when you’re healthy? One big reason: water helps you detox–by helping to form the liquids that carry normal toxins out of your body, effectively flushing your system while maintaining the lubrication your body needs to function smoothly.
Water can help cleanse your digestive system and encourage fluid circulation, which will help you eliminate wastes on a more regular basis – and generally feel good.
With detox on the mind, we looked back at our guest writer Karen’s tips for water haters – and her reminders of why hydration matters.
By Karen Sturtevant
Zippy and Zoey are my Russian tortoises. Their lineage originates from the dry, arid regions of Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and the Soviet territory, Kazakhstan. They can go days, even weeks, without water.
What liquid they do get comes primarily from their diet of deep greens (kale, spinach, Romaine lettuce). I give them a bath once a week and if thirsty, will drink then. They don’t have access to water and don’t care much for it when it is offered to them. You and I are not tortoises and need water for survival and to function at our best.
Our bodies are made up of 75 percent water. Our brains: 95 percent, blood: 82 percent, bones: about 22 percent and our lungs are 90 percent H2O. The most important nutrient to the human body, water serves several functions: maintains muscle tone, delivers essentials nutrients, aids in digestion, regulates appetite and flushes harmful toxins. Water is the quiet hero regulating body temperature and metabolism, and keeps our brains sharp and skin supple. We’ve all heard that eight glasses a day is the amount we are advised to drink. What if water isn’t your first beverage of choice? What’s a self-proclaimed water hater to do?
Jazz up your H2O!
- Add slices of lemon, kiwi, strawberry, lime or a few blueberries. The fruit will release just a hint of flavor and provide a most refreshing beverage.
- Try freezing fruit or herbs in ice cubes – pretty and pleasing to the palate.
- Drink different varieties like seltzer, sparkling, soda water, club soda, mineral or carbonated.
- Drop two or three three DMG tablets from FoodScience of Vermont® in your water each morning. DMG acts as a metabolic enhancer and supports the body in times of stress, throughout the aging process, and during immune system challenges. We think of DMG as Does Me Good!The general daily water rule is to drink one cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. The intake for a 120 pound person, excluding exercise time or extreme climate conditions, is six cups per day. This is completely doable, right?
On average 20 percent of the foods we eat provide us with water. Tomatoes and a juicy watermelon slice are almost all water (90 percent). Most adults lose between two to three quarts of water each day by normal body function.
Athletes and warm climate dwellers lose more. Exercising? Drink every 15 – 30 minutes of activity, depending on the intensity.
According to some sources, Americans spend 21 billion (with a b!) annually on bottled water. Save your hard-earned cash, and planet Earth from all those plastic bottles and use tap water, (as we reported last week 40% of those bottled water companies use municipal water supplies anyway, so you are really spending $1.89 on a plastic bottle) water fountains or the water cooler at work. If your at-home water doesn’t pass the taste or safety test, due to toxins, invest in a filter – your cells and skin will thank you.
We can survive months without food, but only days without H2O – it’s that important. Most people (adults and children) don’t drink enough water. By some accounts, 75 percent of us consistently have mild chronic dehydration. Do you ever get the ‘afternoon slump’ or drowsy feeling? You may be, and probably are, dehydrated. As little as a two percent drop in our water supply can affect focusing, basic math skills and short-term memory. By the time a person feels thirsty, he has lost over one percent of his total water amount.
Water is one important key to a healthy, strong body and mind. Drink it to look and perform at your best. The more we replenish the better our bodies will function and look. Make H2O a habit for Y.O.U. Fill your fancy water bottle throughout the day and sip, sip, sip (or gulp, gulp, gulp – whichever you prefer).
Strive to meet your daily water intake and make this habit part of a healthy lifestyle worth keeping.