Water is the eternal life-force, all living entities thrive on water. Water is one of the most important, and easiest, changes a person can make in their health. In fact, if there is just one change you can commit to today, choose drinking more water (half your body weight in ounces each day, to be exact).
Because every cell in our body needs water, dehydration occurs easily. Getting our bodies into a hydrated state is a simple yet “Profound Healing Tool.
Are you dehydrated?
Feeling thirsty is a sign that dehydration has already begun to occur. Other symptoms
of dehydration include headaches, bloating and gas, low back pain, constipation, and more.
There are many benefits to staying adequately hydrated. They include:
- Enhanced anti-aging effects on skin
- Improved athletic performance
- Weight management
- Increased energy levels
- Improved digestion
- Improved elimination of toxins
Unfortunately, water isn’t water, so the “Type of Water” we drink plays a crucial role on our bodies ability to absorb and hydrate at a cellular level.
Deep down we know we need to drink water on a daily basis for optimum nutrition but how important is choosing the right water?
The following suggestions can help you get started:
Drink lots of pure, filtered water
Water is vital to your gut health as it helps to flush out toxins; however conventional tap water contains fluoride and chlorine; both of which are damaging to micro flora. It is essential that the water is filtered with a good system. If you don’t have access to this, purchase a good quality filtered water from the supermarket. Clean water is essential to flush out waste and hydrate.
Using a filtration system will also help to get rid of unwanted chemicals and toxins such as fluoride and chlorine that are found in tap water. Reverse osmosis filtration and carbon block filters are two filtration system options for your house.
Lemons are a fantastic detoxifier and have amazing digestive qualities. Drinking lemon juice in water daily is not only a good detoxifier but also alleviates symptoms of indigestion, stomach pain and bloating. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently thus controlling constipation and diarrhoea.
Lemon also helps the body to obtain the energy from the nutrients in food. There are many great reasons why lemons should be included in your daily diet. Lemons are high in nutrients and bioflavonoids and are an excellent source of vitamin B6, iron and potassium, and a very good source of dietary fibre and vitamin C. They also contain calcium, copper, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
Adding organic lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to your water, especially a glass of warm water first thing, will aid in digestion and break up mucous in the body; freeing up the lymphatic system and boosting your immune response.
Fill up two or three water bottles in the morning and place them in different areas where you spend time. That water will be waiting and ready for you on your office desk or when you walk into the kitchen. Make it a point to take a drink each time you enter that space.
Always keep a filled water bottle in the car. Whether it’s your commute, carpooling, or running errands, this can be an easy way to slip in some extra hydration.
Drink water before each meal. A big glass of water three times a day will chip away at a lot of your water needs, as well as curbing the tendency to overeat due to dehydration.
*Note that drinking water thirty minutes before a meal can help our bodies recognize the difference between feeling thirsty and hungry. The sensations of thirst and hunger are generated simultaneously, and we often mistake thirst for hunger. As we drink more water, we can better discern the difference, and thus eat less when it’s water our body is really asking for.
Drink herbal tea to get your daily water intake
Water can sometimes get a little boring and as the days get colder you might feel like something warmer to drink. Herbal teas are a great form of hydration. Herbal teas feature therapeutic benefits that may help with inflammation, stress, digestion, and headaches. Because herbal teas don’t have any caffeine they can be counted toward your daily water intake. You can purchase a specific detox tea from any supermarket, or just a simple ginger, peppermint or lemon tea will suffice.
You can take it a step further and look to remove chemical toxins from your water supply by getting a chlorine filter for your showerhead and bathtub. Most shower filters that advertise 99% removal of chlorine will be sufficient.