From the stuff we drink and swim in, to the steam that eases congestion and the ice that reduces swelling, water is all around us (and even in us). Heck, it kind of is us. Water makes up about two thirds of who we are, and influences 100 percent of the processes in our body. That means when we are dehydrated – and most of us spend our days constantly dehydrated to some degree – we are affecting the performance of the majority of our body. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake.
Why do I always talk to you about drinking your water? Especially this time of the year…. Water makes you:
Be less cranky. Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. You think clearer and are happier by drinking more water. Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed that it actually improves your state of mind. You don’t even have to be severely in need of it to benefit: Even mild dehydration has been shown to negatively impact moods
Lose weight. Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. Our body just starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. Anyone looking to lose weight can be helped by upping their water intake. Studies have found that when participants drink water before a meal, they lose weight faster than those who did not drink water. Next time you feel fatigued or sluggish, drinking water may be just what you need to perk up.
Have less joint pain. Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is actually how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain, by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
Prevent headaches. Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking some water.
And my favorite fact: It takes the edge off of hangovers. Drinking alcohol causes dehydration, which can lead to hangovers. Having a glass of water with each alcoholic drink you sip is one way to offset the dehydration and the day-after misery.
Try adding some fruit in your water if can’t stand the taste of regular water. But stick to berries and cherries (less sugar more fiber)
Quote for this week: Drink water like it is going out of style!