Hydration Awareness – Part 2

Eating may look different for each individual but there is no leeway when it comes to water – every body requires it. There’s no question your body is healthiest when you practice proper hydration.  

Water to many people seems boring, but there are ways to hydrate and make water more fun.  Some were mentioned in last week’s corner along with electrolytes.  But when it comes to plain water you can still make it fun.  You can have it in the bubbly form with no sweeteners or additives but just infused with natural flavours of different fruits and even vegetables, like cucumbers.  Or just put water in a bottle and add cucumber, lemon, limes, raspberries…. You can even buy special water bottles that house the fruit or vegetables, so they don’t get in your way when drinking.  Also, herbal teas are wonderful or use fresh mint from your garden and let the water sit in the sun steeping for the day, then put over night in the fridge.  You can do the same thing with herbal tea bags, or even boil water first, steep, then put in fridge.  

Water facilitates countless physiological processes, digestion, elimination of waste, and protection.  It all starts in your head specifically your mouth in the form of saliva.  But also, your brain, so we really need to understand that keeping hydrated is important.  

Water helps us:

  • With salvia for washing food down
  • Maintain a healthy blood supply
  • Filter toxins out of our blood via the kidneys 
  • Urinate to wash out filtered toxins 
  • Have healthy bowel movements and not be constipated
  • Perspire to cool us down and also rid other compounds the body need to eliminate
  • Keep our mucous membranes moist
  • Keep from getting wrinkly skin 
  • Keep our minds focused 
    • drinking water improves one’s brain health by simply increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain – which, in turn, improves concentration
  • Protect our organs and delicate bones 
  • Protect joints in the form of synovial fluid that acts like a shock absorber
  • Helps us lose weight
    • Without water, the body cannot properly metabolize stored fat or carbohydrates.
    • It’s a natural appetite suppressant
    • Drinking cold water in particular may enhance water’s calorie-burning benefits, because the body expends energy, or calories, by heating up the water for digestion.
    • Lowers the number of calories ingested in a day.  It is easy to accumulate calories n the form of liquids – pop, juice, sweetened coffee or tea and alcoholic beverages
      • replacing even a few high-calorie drinks each day for water, can have long-term weight loss benefits.

You can see how important it is to drink water. Every bodily function relies on water and helps your body maintain homeostasis—the balance between physiological processes. A few things will tell you if you haven’t had enough water.  

  • You are thirsty
  • Dark urine
  • Thick syrupy urine
  • Fatigue 
  • Dry mouth, nose and or other mucosal area
  • Then there are the extreme symptoms that are more serious as heat stroke that can come with nausea, head ache, chills…. Seek medical attention

Note urine can change colour depending on what you have ingested, and not necessarily a sign of dehydration or something more serious.   Beets or dark food colourings can make it look like you have blood in your urine.  Certain vitamins can make your urine look neon.  So, it is important to know why your urine is coloured but also its consistency.

*If this article or any past articles leaves you with questions, the want to be a better you, the courage to take the first step to a happier you, than please contact me at: 

Mikkie Nettles, Certified Personal Trainer/Holistic & Sports Nutritionist
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