Drinking enough water? If you’re like me, we try so many techniques, diets, the latest findings…yet we absolutely balk at the concept of drinking the allotted proverbial “8 glasses of water” that we are told to drink. Why is this? I know for me, in the cold weather I have a difficult time drinking cold water. I drink tea constantly. I know I should probably just have the hot water with lemon.
Then there are all those drink temptations out there…the sugary(and artificial sweetener) drinks…sodas, energy drinks, frozen slushies(used to be my favorite..a frozen coke), coffee drinks, sweet tea and the list goes on.
Since once I write a habit on this blog, I persevere with it(mind you, I do slip up now and then but go back to it). I’ve decided that I’m once and for all drinking my water…and hope you will join me.
Have you read F. Batmanghelidj, MD’s “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”? I read it years ago and recently re read it. Basically the story is this…our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water.(this varies according to age…babies have a higher percentage 75-80%). Most of us by not drinking enough water and not eating water-rich foods(aka processed junk), have allowed ourselves to become de-hydrated…and not just de-hydrated but CHRONICALLY de-hydrated!
Chronic de-hydration, according to Dr. Batmanghelidj and others, cause disease in the body. Many diseases that plague modern society could be taken care of by cleaning up our diet and upping our water intake.
high blood pressure
emotional learning opportunities
blood sugar imbalance
digestive learning opportunities
stomach ulcers and others
Here is a list of signs of dehydration in varying degrees:
skin flushing(face and neck)
dark colored urine
Decreased sweating and urination
increased heart rate, respiration and body temperature
nausea and constipation
neurosensory disturbances(tingling, numbness)
HOW MUCH WATER?
Your body needs an absolute minimum of 6-8 glasses of water a day(adjustments need to be made for physical activity, body mass and ingestion of diuretics). It is recommended that you drink your water in the following time periods:
1 glass a half an hour before taking food(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
1 glass 2 1/2 hours after each meal
2 glasses before going to bed
The reason for drinking water before your meals is that the water enables your body to digest your food.
For people who can’t sleep, drinking a glass of water and putting a pinch of salt on the tongue as well as having had adequate exercise during the day will enable sleep.
At the end of this post will be several websites with a myriad of information about water intake, well worth looking at and studying.
So, the question is, how to keep track of your water intake? I’ve tried a few methods…keeping a checklist of how many glasses a day(there is an app for your phone too), keeping the allotted number of bottled water in the fridge for the day, and my latest is I got a bottle with the total amount I need for the day. I find for me, a combination of the large bottle and having the individual bottles for when I need to leave the house, works best for me.
It’s all been a learning process…I realize for me that the reason the water intake didn’t work before was because of my sugar intake. Now since I’ve weaned off sugar, sugary drinks no longer appeal to me. I now go out to eat and basically there are three options of drinks…water, unsweetened coffee and unsweetened tea. Makes life simple.
Drinking your allotted water has it’s physical aspects as well…your skin becomes clearer with wrinkles fading, your energy level increases…two biggies I would think!
til next time…Eva