Water, is Mother Nature’s purest, life sustaining source, so why is it so often overlooked or pushed off to the side for its carbonated, caffeine or sugar laden enemies? Mind boggling, isn’t it? For something that is so critical to the proper functioning of the body, for which we couldn’t survive without (literally!) for more than a few days, it should be our primary beverage of choice.
Our magnificent bodies are made up of 50 to 75 percent water; that is from blood, urine, digestive juices, perspiration, and in lean muscle, fat and bones. And, since our bodies can’t store water, it is crucial to replenish, replenish, replenish! Having some good ol’ plain water, between 6-8 glasses a day, will assist in keeping your “temple” in tip-top shape by aiding with digestion/constipation, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells, regulating your body temperature and lubricating those joints! Phewww! Water is undeniably your friend.
Below are five thirst-quenching tips to keep H2O top of mind and in your bottle!
1. Listen To Your Body
If you’re moody, light-headed, unable to focus and suffer from headaches, H2O may just be the simple solution you’re looking for. You’re DEHYDRATED! The human body cannot make or store water, so it’s necessary to replace what you’ve eliminated during the day. Water is essential to many bodily processes, so gulp down your daily requirement and feel your body’s favourable response.
2. Pasty Mouth
Do you have the case of “cotton mouth”? That dry, pasty, ‘tongue getting stuck to the roof of your mouth’ sensation? You’re DEHYDRATED! Ensure that you drink as often as you can…and not just to wet your whistle or when thirst comes on. Enough that you’re visiting the loo several times during the day. And if you’re urine is pale or light yellow as opposed to dark yellow and smelly, than hats off to you, you’re doing a great job!
3. Feel The Bloat
If you’re feeling like the Michelin man, then chances are your body’s holding onto water. Yep, if you’re not drinking those vital glasses of aqua per day, the body actually takes hold of the water in your body to assist in regulating bodily functions. The only way to rid yourself of that plumpish look is to you guessed it, bottoms up…with water! Not only will it assist in eliminating bloating, but enjoying your new favourite beverage will aid by increasing your metabolism and burning calories more efficiently. And shhh, here’s a little secret…if you drink ice cold water, you’ll burn even more calories!
4. Nighty Night
Finish off your night cap with a cool glass of water. As you’re snoozing off in la-la-land, your body has the time to replenish fluids lost throughout the day from normal activity, by keeping the essential levels “topped up”. It also aids in cleansing the system of unwanted toxins, which in turn will contribute to a healthy digestive system, strong muscles and a clear complexion…and who doesn’t love glowing skin! So, before you dive into bed, swap out your warm cup o’ milk for H2O!
5. A Little Zing
Ok, so simple H2O can be booooring to most of you. However, let’s remember the advantages of making aqua your new best friend when tempted to reach for a coffee or soda pop. Here are a few suggestions to liven up your next goblet of water, so you can forget about its nemesis! Zest it up with a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange. Make your own fruit and/or veggie infused water such as strawberry/basil, mango/ginger-root, cucumber/mint,pear/fennel. Enjoy its carbonated counterpart. Just be mindful of those “sparking” waters, as they may have additives such as sugar and sodium. Be experimental with water. Change up the flavours with herbs, fruits or honey, or better yet, just drink it straight up as Mother Nature intended!