If you struggle with getting enough water, here are some tips to get you going.
- Add sliced cucumbers and strawberries for a pop of flavor.
- Keep a container of water at your desk or in your car.
- Fill your ice cube tray with freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice and add them to your water.
- Drink a glass full right after you wake up in the morning.
- Drink herbal tea for extra flavor and nutrients.
- Set alerts on your phone throughout the day to remind you.
I don’t want to be a nag, but I've noticed that many of my clients don’t drink water. Excuse me?You want nice skin, but don’t drink water? Really?? We've all heard the facts and figures, but somehow it still is not a priority for many of us. So I’m taking it upon myself to drill it into your head...Drink more water!! And here’s why...
Our bodies are made of 60% water and it’s involved in most of our bodily functions. When you think of the uses of water in general, what comes to mind? It flushes, transports, moisturizes the list can go on and on. It does all this inside our bodies too; flushing out toxins, transporting nutrients, keeping our joints lubricated and skin supple.
Next time you urinate, take notice of the color and smell. If you’re well hydrated it will be clear and free of odor. Does it flow nicely or trickle? It’s important to take note of these things because it’s linked to the health of your kidneys. The kidneys are a vital organ because they remove waste and toxins from the body, produce red blood cells and also hormones which regulate blood pressure. Being chronically dehydrated may put you at a greater risk for developing kidney stones. Ouch! Go ahead, take a water break right now!
Staying hydrated is also crucial for digestion and normal bowel function. It helps food move through the intestines and prevents constipation. The body also needs water to maintain body temperature and to keep our muscles from fatiguing.
So how much water is enough? That depends on many different factors, but a good rule of thumb is dividing your body weight in half and drinking that much in ounces every day. Of course, other fluids you intake during the day counts towards that number as well. I’m stressing the importance of water here because you don’t get the extra calories and sugar as in sodas and juice. It’s true there’s water in coffee, however, caffeine being a diuretic, it actually causes an increase in fluid loss.