People who have radiantly smooth skin are most likely providing their skin with plenty of water. – Day 4

June 4, 2010 No Comments

 

Quote of the Day

“I bought some instant water one time but I didn’t know what to add to it.”- Stephen Wright

 

365 Days to a Balanced Life – Day 4

 I thought that would get your attention.  Water is not only the number one ingredient for a healthy body on the inside‚ but it also plays the lead role in maintaining a healthy and youthful appearance on the outside.

My husband and children will tell you that I hound them constantly about the advantages of drinking large quantities of water every day.  Do I consistently drink enough water?  Probably not.   My intention is to drink half my weight in ounces every day (that amount has never been revealed to anyone), however I know most days I fall short.  Given that I believe this to be one of the most important things I can do for my body, my new daily habit is to record the amount of water I drink to ensure that I reach the recommended target.

I know for most of you the following will be just a reminder of the facts you already know.  So given that we know how important water is to maintain good physical and mental health, why are most of us ignoring this basic need??

 

Benefits of hydration

Even mild dehydration will slow down metabolism

A lack of water is thought to be the leading cause of daytime fatigue

Thirst is often mistaken as hunger – leading to weight gain

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, difficulty with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen

Dark circles under the eyes are a good indication of too little water intake

Drinking plain water is a natural appetite suppressant – when you feel hungry drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes before eating

The quantity and quality of the water we consume determines our body’s ability to metabolize and shed excess fat and properly maintain the body’s largest organ, our skin.

Adequate hydration ensures the lubrication and cushioning of joints, prevents dry eyes, lubricates the spinal cord, aides the body in temperature-maintenance and serves as the solvent for many small molecules

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water as by that time you are already dehydrated and have probably lost two or more glasses of your total body water

Helps prevent urinary tract infections

 

Quick Tips

Thirst is not always a reliable gauge

Clean water bottles thoroughly as bacteria from your mouth contaminates the bottle

Make sure the bottle is safe for reuse.  Do not refill plastic water bottles.

Don’t substitute caffeinated coffees, teas, sodas or alcohol

Drink a glass with each meal

Take water breaks instead of coffee or tea breaks

Increase intake when you engage in exercise that makes you sweat

Start and end each day with water

 

Signs of Dehydration

Excessive thirst, Fatigue, Headache, Dry mouth, Little or no urination, Muscle Weakness, Dizziness, Lightheadedness, Dry Skin

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