Why is it So Important to Hydrate?

Why is it So Important to Hydrate?

Are you getting enough water? Are 8 glasses of water really necessary? Don’t really care to drink a flavorless beverage? Are you getting headaches, catching craps or maybe your urine doesn’t smell or look so good? If you have asked yourself or someone you know any of these questions this article is for you or maybe you’d just like to know some great ways to increase your health and wellness and I’m here to help get your healthy on.

Our bodies depend on water for survival as the organs, cells and tissues need it to operate. Your water intake affects your bodies temperature and the lubricating of your joints. It is important to drink water because your body is mostly made up of it or should I say it is most of your body weight. On a daily basis you lose water through such things as going to the bathroom and sweating. If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water then try observing your urine; if it is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely staying well hydrated. Dark yellow or an amber-colored urine could be a sign of dehydration. A good rule of thumb for getting enough water is to take your body weight and divide it by 1/2 (Ex. you weigh 180 lbs. divided by 2 = 90 ounces of water daily)

Reasons to Increase Water Intake

  • Medical conditions such as kidney stones or bladder infections
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Planning to be outside during hot weather
  • Exercising
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or have diarrhea
  • Trying to lose weight
  • Dehydration

Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Little to no urine or urine that is darker than usual
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
  • No tears when crying

When are Good Times to Drink Water

  • When you wake up, at breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Before, during and after working out

Benefits of Drinking Water

  • Contributes to a healthy weight-loss plan
  • Helps to feel fuller
  • Keeps you hydrated
  • Helps with digestion (warm or hot water after eating)
  • Contributes to a flat belly ( warm or hot water upon waking up before a meal, add lemon)

Recipes with Benefits

  • (Fat-burning, digestion & headaches) green tea + mint + lime
  • (Blood sugar support & digestion) cucumber + strawberry +kiwi
  • (Hydration, digestion & appetite control) cucumber + lemon + lime
  • (Immune defense, digestion & heartburn) lime + orange + lemon

*For best results combine with 12-16 ounces of water

For more information try some of the links below:
checkout our Pinterest page to see more recipes and subjects  @Artisan Body Treats
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/09/13/the-truth-about-how-much-water-you-should-really-drink
blog.smartyhadaparty.com/infused-water-recipes/ (if you want recipes from photo of bottled water)
Stayhealthy.com
theyummylife.com
naturedetox.org
familydoctor.org



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