The human body is almost ⅔ of water, the reason why is crucial to maintain it hydrated so it can function optimally.
When the body is dehydrated, meaning it’s missing water, we need to hydrate it with liquids and other foods to replace the lack of water. I share some tips down below.
Have you ever had a sudden headache or craving? These are two quick indicators that you need to hydrate yourself. Drink a big glass of water and these symptoms might disappear.
Dehydration can cause illness in the body, starting from simple fatigue, skin problems, gain weight to kidney problems. Read below the WHYs it’s relevant to stay hydrated.
Symptoms caused by dehydration:
- Fatigue: causes deficiency in the enzymatic activity, which produces fatigue. Enzymes create chemical reactions in the body that help support life.
- Gain weight: body cells run out of energy (mainly obtained by foods) and we tend to eat more. Unfortunately not the most healthy food.
- High blood pressure: 92% of blood is water, when blood dehydrates gets thicker and augments the flow resistance.
- Premature aging: chronic dehydration provokes the skin to wither and wrinkle.
- Skin problems: prevents the elimination of toxins, causing dermatitis, psoriasis, premature wrinkles or different skin colour.
- High cholesterol: the body processes more cholesterol, preventing the cells to lose more water.
- Bad digestion: the lack of minerals like calcium and magnesium can cause ulcers, gastritis and reflux.
- Bladder and kidney problems: build the body’s toxicity and might create inflammation, pain and infections.
- Constipation: the lack of water causes the waste to move slowly through the gut, causing constipation.
- Joints pain: the cover of the cartilage weakens, provoking discomfort or pain.
Take a few moments to scan your body and reflect if you have or have had any of these symptoms caused by the lack of water.
If you wonder how much water you should drink. The answer might vary, since it depends on many factors such as your weight, height, gender, weather, physical activity, etc. There are many water intake calculators on the web, if you’re interested, please do a research.
10 tips to maintain your body hydrated during the day:
- Take a glass of water to your nightstand before going to bed. As soon as you wake up, drink it up. It also helps to awaken the organs.
- Drink a cup of hot water in the morning, instead of coffee. You can add lemon or a pinch of ginger. Besides, it helps to continue with the detox process of the previous night.
- Carry a bottle of water in your backpack or purse at all times.
- Have a glass of water on your office desk, drink even if you’re not thirsty.
- Prepare a pitcher of infused water (ideas below), keep it in the fridge and drink it instead of a soft drink.
- 30 minutes before your lunch, drink a glass of water. It’ll help also to eat less.
- Drink a relaxing tea before going to bed (camomille, mint, linden).
- Eat fruits and vegetables which contain lots of liquids too (strawberries, watermelon, cucumbers, peppers, etc.)
- Avoid drinking sugary drinks and caffeine, they dehydrate the body.
- When possible drink warm water, it improves digestion and circulation, calms the nervous system, and can decrease stress.
Are you one of those who don’t drink water because it “doesn’t have flavour”?
What can I say, it’s water and I love it!
I recommend you to do a pitcher of infused water with fruits and vegetables, besides hydrating your body with a tasty flavour, you will nurture with vitamins and minerals. Here is a list of 23 Infused Water Ideas That Will Make You Forget About Soda.
If you prefer with a bit of sweetness you can add muscovado sugar, honey, maple sugar or stevia (the real green one).
I recommend you implement one or two of those tips to your daily habits, once they become part of your routine, then add more. Otherwise, you might get overwhelmed and end up not implementing anything. Better to be slow and consistent.
Now that you know why you must prevent dehydration, what are the new habits you will implement to keep your body hydrated? Write a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
Wisdom from the book Lo Mejor de Hábitos from Valeria Lozano.