Water is one of the most important ingredients that your body needs. And yet most people do not consume enough of this vital fluid.
Never Underestimate The Value of Water
Water regulates body temperature, transports nutrients and oxygen, carries away waste, helps detoxify the kidneys and liver, dissolves vitamins and minerals and cushions the body from injury. Every day you lose on average 10 to 12 cups of water, which needs to be replaced to maintain your body’s important fluid balance.
Watch For Dehydration
According to leading health care organisations, even mild dehydration can lead to health problems such as lethargy and constipation. Dehydration symptoms can include loss of appetite, minor headaches, dizziness and general lack of mental clarity. There is also evidence that drinking an adequate amount of water may help to prevent some diseases such as kidney stones, and may be associated with a lower incidence of colon cancer.
When in Doubt, Fill Your Glass Again
Eight glasses of water daily is the standard rule of thumb, but you may need more, especially if you exercise. You will also need to drink extra amounts of water in dehydrating condition such as hot, humid, or cold weather or high altitudes. You should drink more if you have a cold or the flu, and even more if you have fever. Additionally some weight management experts believe that drinking a glass of water before meals can help reduce food cravings and aids digestion.
Watch for Fluids That do Not Count
Water is best but milk, juices and other beverages are about 90% water, so they can help meet your hydration needs. Caffeinated beverages and alcohol act as diuretics and increases fluid loss, so they don’t count. In fact, you need an extra glass of water for each cup of these liquid that you drink.
Drink Before Your Body Tells you to
Many experts believe that if you are thirsty you are already slightly dehydrated. Drink a glass of water when you wake up in the morning and another glass before you go to sleep.
Do Not Leave Your Water Intake to Chance
Develop a consistent plan with consumption evenly laced throughout the day. Keep water bottles near you as a reminder or schedule water break into your day planner.
Drink Often When Exercising
To prevent dehydration while exercising you must replace water at a faster rate. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends at least two cups of fluids two hours before exercise, followed by another two cups of water approximately 15 to 20 minutes before endurance exercises. During exercise replenish fluids every 15-20 minutes.
Long Exercise Session?
Go for Sports drinks. Exercise sessions longer than one hour and/or exercising in extreme environmental conditions warrant drinking a sports beverage containing electrolytes to enhance fluid absorption and energy. Just make sure to check the sugar content when choosing the best drinks with electrolytes.
All of these tips are even more important when Dry Skin Brushing due to the circulation stimulation and the movement of toxins through your system when brushing. Water is the best way to eliminate the wastes that are collected around the body from this amazing health practice.
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If you have any tips on body brushing or water intake, leave a message in the comments, I would love to hear them.
~ Rebecca xx
Author: Rebecca Gaspert | February 12, 2018