Most people are walking around in a constant state of dehydration, which can have mental as well as physical effects. Fortunately, maybe a few trips to the Emergency Room can be avoided by following some common-sense tips.
With so much frightening information out there about drinking water out of plastic bottles, drinking water from your tap, drinking water from purifying systems, and many other opinions about what’s safe, one can get really confused about what’s best for his/her body. In fact, there are some folks out there going to the extreme by saying that no water is safe anymore.
The truth is … we cannot live without water. When we’re infants, our bodies are about 90% water. When we’re older, into our late 80’s, our bodies are literally drying up because our water content only averages about 50%.
I know, some people say that the manufacturers of bottled water have conjured up a lot of hype about the value of consuming more water. Well, maybe they have, but it’s still a fact that our bodies need more water than we normally drink. So what if you drink lots of coffee, tea or juice on a daily basis? My son tells me that he gets enough water in all the coffee he drinks. Yikes! We know that caffeine dehydrates, so unless you’re drinking decaf coffee and tea, you’ll need to supplement with 8 oz. of water for every cup of coffee or tea that you consume. As for the juices, unless you’re making them yourself, most likely they’re loaded with sugar. Drinking more water will help to eliminate the sugar concentration in your blood.
What about all these vitamin water drinks? Some of them are really good, but again, watch the sugar content. You can find ones that are sugar-free, sweetened naturally with Stevia or Xylitol. I would definitely avoid the ones sweetened with aspartame. And that includes Splenda. It’s also chemically derived. Try adding the juice of an organic lemon or lime. You’ll give your body even more health benefits. You can look that up online and you’ll be amazed at what you find in numerous reports. I use Happy Water drops in my water consistently now, to the point that if I have to drink water without it, I feel like I’m being cheated. (And yes, I sell this product because it works)! Pure water keeps the body’s cells hydrated and healthier by providing superior hydration, allowing more water to get inside of the cells.
My doctor once told me that when you start to feel thirsty, most likely you’re already dehydrated. That alone prompted me to change my habits about drinking more water. I know that it can take some practice and attention to change any habit. But if you’re not in the habit of drinking at least six to eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day, do your best to get into the habit. You’ll feel better, look better and guess what? You’ll even sleep better. Water-deprived organs have to work much harder to keep your body fit, so give them a break … get them hydrated. You will see and feel an improvement in just one day!
Give yourself the gift of better health. Drink more water and feel free to add the lemon or the lime. Extra vitamin C, especially during cold and flu season, can’t hurt!
Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’