Proper hydration is perhaps the most important gift you can give your body. Just the simple act of drinking 3-4 litres (quarts) of good clean, alkaline water each day will do absolute wonders for your health and vitality. I know you've heard it before, and even from me, but sometimes we really need to re-focus and re-learn the basics, because we can become nonchalant about them, even though we know they are so vitally important.
Dehydration can likely lead to weight gain. There is also a tendency for the body to send confusing signals to your brain. An example of this is that many of us mistake thirst/dehydration for hunger, so we eat when we really need to be drinking. If we don’t get enough water our bodies, we actually retain water and feel bloated and uncomfortable. Lack of water is the #1 cause of daytime fatigue. Do you recognize any of these symptoms?
Symptoms of Dehydration
~Weakness & fatigue
~Problems focusing & concentrating
~Impatience & irritability
~Headaches or migraines
~Brain fog/clouded thinking
~Short term memory loss
~Cold hands & feet
Besides the above list, degenerative conditions including morbid obesity, heart disease and cancer are all linked with serious long term dehydration. Sounds shocking, but it’s true.
So the question is, how much water should you be drinking? Half your body weight in ounces daily, which means that if you weigh 200 pounds you should be drinking 100 ounces of pure water each day, is optimal. If you are very active or out in the hot sun for extended periods, this amount needs to increase. The good news is that you may also count any freshly extracted fruit/ vegetable juices, herbal teas and the liquid from young coconuts towards your daily total towards proper hydration.
How to Start Hydrating - and make it a habit -
I know it is difficult. Not only to start consuming this volume of water, but also to simply remember to drink this much water throughout the day.
Here are my top tips for making this a habit.
Morning Water Ritual:
I know a number of you have already embraced this act of self love, but if you haven't you can start tomorrow morning by drinking 32 oz. of pure water before you put anything else down the shoot. Do it for a week and see if you don't notice a change.
Carry A Big Bottle:
this is the best tip - because it makes sure you always have your water on you to sip. I personally like to have a big 1 litre bottle at all times.
Set a Reminder
: this isn’t something you will have to do forever, but I recommend you set an hour reminder on your phone or watch to beep and remind you to have a big gulp or a glass of water every hour. It is amazing how often you suddenly realise it is lunchtime and you’ve not really had anything to drink!
Substitute: for every other drink you go to have, be it a tea, soft drink or bottled juice - substitute in water. You will be surprised at a) how good it makes you feel and b) how much of a pat on the back you can give yourself afterwards. This simple tip can lead to some really good, positive reinforcement that yes, you can say no and it makes you even more healthy!
Always Have Water At Your Desk
: simply having a bottle at your desk at all times means that when you do remember you can tuck straight into it, rather than thinking “oh yes, water, now let me just finish this email first”
Finally - know your outcome and plan your route to success.
If you have been hydrating for five weeks I can PROMISE that you will feel a profound difference in your health and wellbeing.
If nothing else - your body uses up 2.5 litres of alkaline water per day in its activities to simply keep you alive - please at least put that back in!