Are you drinking a glass of water right now? Stop reading and go pour yourself a tall one, then come back, sit down, and sip slowly.
Do you feel refreshed? More wide awake? Did a nagging hunger in your belly settle down? Was there a dull headache starting behind your eyes that’s no longer there? All those minor complaints might be ameliorated simply by drinking a few ounces of sweet, clear, life-giving water.
We take water for granted. Perhaps because at every intersection of our daily lives we have access to bottled beverages that are cleverly marketed and prettily packaged, we often deny ourselves the one liquid our bodies actually require for life and health. But we are extremely lucky to have access to clean drinking water throughout most of the United States, and we should take more advantage of this nearly free resource that is as good a health elixir as there ever was. You don’t need fancy, expensive, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, or alterna-milks (though there are times and places for those good things). The best slogan we can think of for optimal health and staying youthful is: “Got H2O?” Let’s find out why.
Staying hydrated is essential for our organs to function optimally, to regulate body temperature, to reduce inflammation, and for our blood to maintain its ideal viscosity. We are losing water all the time. Throughout the day we may lose 2 to 3 quarts of water by perspiring, breathing, and, of course, by eliminating wastes. The easiest way to tell if you are drinking enough is to monitor the color of your urine. Healthy urine is nearly colorless; dark yellow means you’re under-hydrated. The more physical activity you do, the hotter the climate in which you live, and whether you are a nursing mother can all impact how much water you should be drinking. But the simple fact remains: we all should be consuming more to maintain good health.
The connections are numerous and compelling. There is a correlation between water consumption and reduced risk of blood clots, heart attacks, and stroke. Staying well hydrated may also reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Think about all the money we spend on prescription medications, and about their side effects: you can change it all simply by drinking more water.
When should you be drinking water? Well, all the time. Minimize sugary juices and coffee drinks, which most of us reach for more often than we should when we are tired, bored, or otherwise in search of a pick-me-up. We all know someone who carries around a water bottle – maybe it’s even you. But do you use it as often as you should?
Begin every day with 8 ounces of room temperature water. Drink water with every meal, and before you begin to feel thirsty. If it gets boring, add a slice of cucumber, lemon, or melon. Carbonate it, drink it hot or iced, make it interesting and enjoy the experience, knowing you are taking your health in your hands.
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