Water. That transparent, tasteless, odorless and colorless liquid that covers most of the planet Earth. The very thing that our bodies are made of. We bath in it. Swim in it. And of course, we love to drink it. You’ve heard it a thousand times water is very good for you. But how good is it really? Of all the misconceptions on health, water is at the top.
Statistics tell us that most Americans are dehydrated 75% of the time and don’t know it.
By understanding water and its benefits, it can do wonders for you.
Here are some pointers that will help you understand how vital water can be if you drink it on a consistent basis.
- Thirst does not equal dehydration, and this means there is an excellent solution for your thirst — drink water.
- Your urine doesn’t have to be transparent to let you know you’re drinking much water. Many variables impact the color of your urine.
- Never drink too much water, also known as “free water” a liquid that doesn’t contain any electrolytes or other solutes in it increases the plasma in the blood and decreases your sodium. Be mindful of this when you’re drinking much water.
- The more water you drink, the less your body will hold. i.e., you will look leaner.
- We know to drink when we’re thirsty. However, most don’t realize we should drink when we’re HUNGRY. Many times we mistake thirst for hunger. The next time you think you’re hungry, drink a tall glass of cold water and wait 15 minutes and see if you feel hungry. If you are, EAT.
- Make sure to drink water while you workout. This increases blood volume and reduces the stress on your heart. As a general rule drink 20 ounces of water before a workout and at least 15 ounces every 15 minutes while you exercise.
- Remember that when you increase your water intake in the beginning, you will make frequent stops to the restroom. This is a good sign to let you know your kidneys are working steadily. After a week of the high water intake, the hormones in your system will balance to meet the fluid intake. However, remember if you miss a day or two of the high water intake, your body will switch its hormones and return to square one.
It is really simple. Drink, drink, and drink! You’ll notice a difference and feel better. Give it a time. Remember, Rome wasn’t build in a day.
Thanks for reading!