Ok, end of post. Just kidding.
In all seriousness though, you might be drinking a lot, but are you really hydrating yourself?
The sad truth is that most of us are living life dehydrated, despite the fact that we may be consuming a lot of liquids.
Why? Unbeknownst to many, a lot of the drinks we consume are diuretics, which mean they are pulling water out of our body rather than replenishing our stores.
Juices, coffee, tea, soda, alcohol… all diuretics.
So how can you ensure that you’re hydrating properly? Drink PLAIN WATER.
Water plays such a critical role in the body, making up over 60% of our body composition. It keeps all our metabolic processes running smoothly by hydrating cells and helping them communicate with each other, it cushions our joints, transports nutrients and removes waste from our body, and promotes natural healing processes.
Dehydration is chronic- if the body’s water content drops by as little as 2%, it can cause fatigue and brain fog.
Early signs of dehydration include fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, cravings, cramps, and headaches. Sound familiar??
More severe signs are heartburn, joint pain, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, constipation and colitis. These symptoms are probably things you’ve experienced before and have attribute to other causes, but you could just be needing more water!
So how much water do you actually need?
AT MINIMUM your daily water consumption in ounces is half your bodyweight in pounds.
Note for my metric folk: 1 oz = 30mL, 1 lb=0.45kg
If you’re consuming diuretics during the day then you need to add 1.5oz of water for every oz of diuretic drink you have. The best way to ensure you’re drinking enough is to have a big glass of water next to your coffee, tea, wine or juice and take alternate sips between your drinks.
An important note: the KIND of water you’re drinking is just as crucial as how much you’re drinking.
Well or spring water is the most ideal source, but let’s be real… not all of us have access to a well. If you live in a country with potable tap water, then I suggest that you invest in a good faulty water filter for your home that removes the chemicals while still keeping the minerals in.
If tap water isn’t drinkable in your country, opt for bottled mineral water (bonus points if you can get it in glass bottles!). try to avoid distilled water as much as possible; while it is a pure from of water that has been touted for its detoxification properties, ti’s lack of minerals actually pulls the mineral reserves out of your body, which can lead to a mineral deficiency.
If distilled or reverse osmosis water is the only thing available, then you can always add a pinch of high quality sea salt, Himalayan Rock Salt or Celtic Grey Sal two replenish some of the key minerals in your water.
Who knew water was so complicated?!
The key is the source and quantity. Proper hydration can make you feel 100 times better and ensure that everything is functioning as it should. Feeling a little thirsty now?