Most of us are aware of the importance of drinking enough water. Water keeps our skin clear and hydrated, cleanses our organs and tissues and helps create the synovial fluid in our joints, our digestive juices and the blood-brain barrier. Think about your sinuses, your lungs, your eyes and other moist surface in your body. Water is vital. Even with this understanding, it can still be challenging to drink all the water our bodies deserve daily. In the summer, when our activity and sweat levels increase, it’s especially important to pay close attention to our water intake. Signs of dehydration include headaches, fatigue, cravings, dark colored urine, increased heart rate or respiration, decreased sweating, muscle cramps, nausea, tingling of the limbs and even the chills.
To help you start your day right, set a large glass of water on your night stand before you go to sleep and drink it as soon as you climb out of bed. When the first thing that flows through your body each morning is water, it pulls out toxins left over from the previous day and gives you a jump start on hydration. Try to drink most of your water during the first half of the day so you don’t need to drink before bed and disturb a peaceful night’s sleep to use the bathroom. Make sure you bring a water bottle with you when you work or play so you have access to water throughout the day. Having one close by will remind you to drink when you’re thirsty. The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need. A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass.
Folks often ask me about what type of water they should be drinking. I don’t recommend bottled water, but suggest some type of filter that removes chlorine, flouride and sediment, but keeps a good amount of minerals. Although, I’m not terribly particular about types of filters, I thought I would share this interesting article by Dr. Mercola about water filtration systems should you be in the market for one. Both he and Dr. Weil recommend a KDF or Kinetic Degradation Fluxion filter. This is a high-purity copper-zinc formulation that removes chlorine, lead, mercury, iron, and hydrogen sulfide from water.
Even if the water is filtered and tastes better than straight from the tap, some folks get bored with it. So, to jazz up your water, try adding a few mint leaves, a wedge of lemon, a sprig of parsley, slices of cucumber, a twist of lime or a squeeze of orange. Also, drinking herbal tea or juice and eating raw fruits and vegetables contribute to the hydration process. One of my favorite sports drinks is coconut water because it’s electrolyte balance is similar to our blood. It is a good source of electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and calcium. How much water should you drink? Dr. Batmanghelidj recommends half your weight in ounces each day so drink up!