As the human body is composed mainly of water, it is vital to maintain adequate hydration. Humans are able to hydrate themselves through the consumption of water-rich fruits and veggies and through the drinking of herbal teas and natural juices, but most importantly through the drinking of pure, clean water. The average body requires two litres of water a day. When the body is properly hydrated, toxins are continually eliminated, the skin glows, metabolic functions proceed at optimal rates, and all cells are nourished. Water is incredibly healing; it is amazing how a couple glasses of water can promote such vitality and energy!
When the body is dehydrated, many bodily processes are slowed. Headaches and dizziness, constipation and toxin build-up, mental-fog and poor concentration… these are just some of the consequences of poor water intake, yet they suggest the importance of good hydration.
Tips for increasing water intake:
- Start every morning with a large glass of water. Place a full glass right beside the bed so it's the first thing done after getting out of bed. This will help wake the body up and will replenish the body after the roughly eight-hour drought it experiences during sleep.
- Carry a reusable water bottle around. Water bottles come in all shapes and sizes so there really is no excuse for not bringing one around. Keep water in the car, purse, and bedroom. With water readily available, it is easier to drink often.
- Beat boredom hunger with water. Sometimes the body feels hungry when it is really just thirsty. If hunger occurs despite adequate nutrition, opt for a glass of water first. Chances are that the hungry spell was just a cry out for more water!
- Prevent thirst by sipping on water all day long. When the body is legitimately thirsty, it means that minor dehydration has already set in. Try to not wait for thirst to drink water; rather keep it constant throughout the day.
- Drink while prepping meals. This will prevent any pre-meal snacking (which can ruin appetite) and will keep the body hydrated throughout the meal so there is no need to drink while eating (note: liquids should not be consumed during meals as they dilute stomach acids needed for digestion).
- Set daily goals of water intake. Start with small goals and then work up to a comfortable water intake. Make note of how the body responds when each new water goal is met. Adjust future drinking goals accordingly.
- Stop drinking about two hours before bed. This will prevent nighttime bathroom visits.