- Increased thirst
- dry mouth
- swollen tongue
- palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
- feeling faint
- decreased urine output
These are all symptoms of dehydration.
“So, do I really need to drink ½ my body weight in water every day?”
The answer – yes. If you want to feel great and have your body run like a well oiled machine – drink water.
Think about this – what do we NEED to survive? Air. Food. Water.
From the moment of conception, what does the human body develop in? Water.
What is the human body made of? 60%+ water.
Here are some more amazing facts. Our MOST needed nutrient is water. Water makes up every cell, tissue and organ in our bodies. Our brains are 70% water. Our blood is 83% water. Our muscles are 75% water; and our lungs, 90% water.
SO – if we aren’t getting enough water and are going through life as a camel in the desert; how can our bodies feel great, fight off sickness and function at their best? The answer is easy – they can’t.
Here are a few more amazing ways water helps our bodies function:
– it maintain normal body temperature
– acts as a joint lubricant
– carries waste away from blood and tissues
– transports nutrients
– ensures adequate blood volume
– serves as a spinal shock absorber
The thing is, and I hear it all of the time, “I don’t like water,” “I get tired of plain old water,” “I cannot drink that much water.”
Guess what?! I hear you and I AGREE! I get sick of drinking plain old water all of the time too. So, to switch things up, I do things like add cucumbers, watermelon, lemon, lime, orange slices to my water. I make a pitcher of distilled water at night or in the morning and put it in the fridge so the flavors infuse and it is nice and cold – just how I like it.
I also make pitchers of tea. As long as the tea is caffeine free (choose an herbal tea) and does not potentially act as a diuretic, you are good to go! Teas can add tons of flavor to boring old water.
One more idea…if you have infused balsamic vinegars, add a couple teaspoons to your water. You would be surprised how flavorful! I love to add an orange or lemon white balsamics to my water.
And one more bonus! If you are eating fruits and vegetables, those can help too. Most fruits and veggies are primarily WATER!!
Question of the day for parents: Are your kids drinking enough water? Especially if they are involved in sports?
Tip: Get them a fun water bottle and make sure they are refilling it throughout the day.
Have a happy day, make the best of it and drink you water, people 🙂