It seems obvious that if our plants are wilting, we water them! Those of us with cats, dogs and other animals know that we must give them water or they will die. But sometimes when it comes to our own bodies, we forget to drink the life giving water that we need! There are so many beverage options for us that it seems we are “drinking” enough. In reality, drinks such as caffeine filled coffee, tea, soda, alcohol and beer don’t hydrate us and even rob us further of the water our cells need.
Did you know that your body is about 67% water by weight? If your body drops its water weight by just 2%, you will feel tired, and if it drops by 10%, you will be setting yourself up for significant health issues!
Some of the signs of dehydration are:
Early Signs: Fatigue, Anxiety, Irritability, Depression, Cravings, Cramps, Headache, Lack of Sweat
Further Signs: Heartburn, Joint and back pain, Migraine Headaches, Fibromyalgia, Constipation, Colitis and Angina, Obesity
Emergency Signs: Asthma, Allergies, Diabetes II, Hypertension, Lupus, Psoriasis, Thyroid and Autoimmune issues
Some quick tips to increase your water intake:
1. Keep a glass of water by your bed and drink a full 8 oz right when you wake up. Your body is at its most dehydrated state in the morning, and drinking a glass right away will curb cravings for caffeine and sweets.
2. If you normally have a soda or coffee in the day, replace one with a glass of water instead! Water will give you TRUE ENERGY instead of the temporary boost you get from coffee and soda.
3. Make your water more interesting! If you don’t like the taste of water add a lemon, or lime, or cucumber, or berries…tastes great and seems more like a beverage!