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Jul 29

Water… truly the drink for your health

What to drink is a really important question for most of us. And the answer is not usually what we want to drink. So, how do we reconcile that dilemma?

The very best hands down liquid to drink throughout the day:

Water!  Without a doubt, water is the best thing you can put into your body on a regular basis. We’ve probably all grown up being told by adults (parents, teachers, grandparents, coaches) that we should drink more water. I think that by now we all know it, so why in heaven’s name don’t we do it?

As a person who has been chronically dehydrated, I could give lots of reasons for not drinking water. Some of my personal favorites are that I don’t want to have to pee all the time, it doesn’t taste good (or bad for that matter), and it’s so boring.

Symptoms of dehydration:

  • A dry or sticky mouth, caused by too little saliva
  • Less urine than normal, or no urine for eight hours. Urine that is darker than usual may indicate dehydration; diet, medications, and vitamin supplements can also affect urine color.
  • Few or no tears
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry, cool skin
  • Fast heart rate
  • Lethargy, irritability or fatigue
  • Listlessness or coma; this is a sign of severe dehydration.

You may not have been aware that it affects your mental functioning as well as your physical functioning. Whoa… imagine how much more we could each be accomplishing if our brains could function better.

This is a pretty good demonstration of our brain with and without water. spongesI don’t know about you, but I don’t want my brain to look like a dried up old sponge!

 What water does for us:

  • It helps carry nutrients to all the cells in your body.
  • It helps carry waste products from the cells.
  • It is a part of essential reactions within the body.
  • It helps regulate body temperature by absorbing heat generated by your metabolism and eliminating excess heat through sweating.
  • It helps with digestion of food.
  • It lubricates your joints.

I know, I know, I know you might be saying.  I know I’m supposed to drink more water but I don’t want to.  I would actually say “I don’t wanna”.  So, what will actually have you drinking more water?  That’s what I want to find out.  Because until it’s important enough for you to do it, you won’t do it, right?  Or maybe we need to make it easy enough for you to do it.  I’m going to address both of those aspects in upcoming posts, so please don’t go away.

I also want to tell you about a book I came across while I was researching the subject of water.  Some really well-respected healthcare professionals give it great reviews as well as hundreds of ordinary people.  Based on that, I will recommend that you read the book.  The title is ” Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by F. Batmanghelidj, MD.  I intend to read it soon, and once I do, I’ll be able to give you my personal take on it.  Until then, you can get your very own copy here.  *Update* I read the book and it is chock full of practical information.  I highly recommend it.  To get a head start on drinking the appropriate amount of water for your body, the formula is body weight (lbs) divided by 2 = number of ounces to drink daily (ex. 130 lbs/2= 65 oz).

If you have a story about how you started drinking more water or a product that you’ve used to make it convenient or even a horror story about what happened when you didn’t drink water, please leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, drink up!

here's to youHere’s to you!

Alice

alice@loveyourhealthcoach.com

2 comments

  1. Peter

    Hello and thank you for a great site and an interesting post on water. I was notorious for not drinking enough of it until I got very ill and dehydrated once some years ago in Australia. These days I take great care to make sure I drink plenty!
    All the best. Peter

    1. Alice

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Peter. I think people need to know that it can happen to anyone. And thanks for leaving a comment.

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