If there’s one thing that hasn’t had much controversy, or changed much, it’s on the subject of water.
How much do we really need, and are we doing ourselves harm if we don’t stay hydrated?
Nutritionists will tell us that we need to follow the 8 by 8 rule, and that holds true. Meaning, 8 ounces a glass, 8 times a day.
But don’t forget to make adjustments according to your lifestyle. If you are in the heat often or exercise, you’re going to want to drink more.
I have to say that this is something we really reinforce with our children. They have very active lifestyles, being outdoors a lot, living in Florida, and being very involved with athletics.
So we may nag, but for good reason. Here are some of those reasons:
~ Drinking water first thing in the morning is a good way to flush your system, and detox, by promoting blood circulation.
~ Staying hydrated will help prevent headaches and cramping during sport activities.
~ Water hydrates your joints and that means lubrication and a flexible body- which helps prevent injuries.
~ Water regulates body temperature.
~ Drinking water is a great substitute for any other beverage out there. Iced tea and caffeinated beverages are diuretics (dehydrating you), and sodas are full of sugar.
As for sports drinks…that’s another blog, but I’ll just say water is the only option, as these drinks contain sugar as well, not to mention contains Brominated Vegetable Oil!
~ Don’t forget the benefits of oral hygiene. There’s nothing worse than a dry mouth, eek!
~ It’s free!
~ When we drink water, we naturally curb our appetite. Often the body mistakes hunger for thirst.
~ Staying hydrated throughout the day improves our concentration.
So how much do we need? On average, the 64 oz a day rule is a good guide, especially for kids. If you are exercising, a gallon a day is not unusual. You may have heard that will flood your kidneys, however, you would have to drink about a gallon an hour to do that.
And one important fact. “Water” should be replaced with the word “fluid”. Because you can drink other fluids and still stay hydrated, you just need to be careful that you’re not drinking diuretics, and you won’t want to opt for sugar drinks over water. However, fruit, is an excellent source, especially watermelon, which contains 90% water!
Water, How Much Do We Really Need?
Almond milk with vegan protein (Shakeology) is a favorite of mine. A great post work out drink for rebuilding muscle also.
Or hey, let’s infuse our water with fruit….
As for what type of water, filtered water is safe. And try bottles, they help the environment, and it’s BPA free and tastes better.
I use Aquasana. http://www.aquasana.
And tea counts too, in the evening is lovely, just get white or green!
And don’t forget an all time favorite; fresh juicing! Fruits and vegetables!