Starting off the month with some healthy stuff ladies!! The past couple of weeks the sun has been burning us alive here in the Netherlands, and what I have noticed around me was that water is lacking is many peoples' diets, very shocking to have found out that even some of my friends "don't like water".... what??!! How can you not like water? Maybe I'm a little radical when it comes to a healthy diet, I grew up in a very healthy environment, not knowing what soda was until I went to primary school... but to me water always has been delicious!
Since I was a little child I knew pure water was essential. Your body is made up of around 70% water. If you lack water, then your body will try to get moisture from any liquid source in your system. When you're literally draining yourself, you're impacting your physical and mental health and speeding up the aging process. (thanks mom!)
Everybody knows in summer extra hydration is necessary... but oh my, how many people don't understand what good hydration actually means. PURE WATER is what we need people! Coffee, alcohol, and sodas are not, apart from the fact that they will eventually kill you, the source of hydration we need.
Not drinking enough water can cause: fatigue, confusion, memory loss, dizziness, dry and wrinkled skin, brittle hair and nails, cold fingers and toes, constipation, eczema, headaches, urinary tract infections, and muscle pains. These are all signs of dehydration!
Sharing some reasons today why you should drink more water! Leave the unhealthy coffee, sodas and alcohol out of your diet. It's a lifestyle, I know, and not the most easy task. Me personally, I drink one cup of organic coffee a day and a few glases of red organic wine a week... everything else is green tea, water and fresh home-made juices. Why would you want to poison yourself if you can have all that!?
Hope you like this post! If there's anything you think I should add, please let me know hunnies!
7 Reasons To Drink More Water by Hungry for Change
1. You'll Digest Your Food Better
If you're spending a bit too much time and effort on the toilet, you could probably use a glass (or two!) of pure water. The body is very wise: it knows that the vital organs need essential nutrients more than the rest of your body.
If you're dehydrated, however, your body will take what’s available. Hence constipation. Water-depleted stools are hard to pass —and they can be there for days! As a result, your stomach feels bloated with the overgrowth of fermenting bacteria and yeast. Not fun!
2. You'll Stay Sharp
If you prefer being upbeat and focused, you need to drink water. If you’re feeling confused and forgetful, try drinking more water before going to see the doctor. Dehydration can trigger brain fog.
3. You'll Love What You See In The Mirror
If you love what you see in the mirror every morning, good for you! Keep doing what you're doing! But if you struggle with a puffy face and sunken eyes with dark circles, you're being warned that your kidneys are in distress. You are not drinking enough water.
The kidneys filter toxins, salts, and water from the bloodstream. If the body is dehydrated, then the kidneys can’t function properly. If the kidneys are overloaded, this will show in your face. Maybe you just had a fun night out with a bit too much booze. Maybe you ate too many salty snacks — or maybe you’ve been getting a bit too much sodium from take-out. Whatever the reason, the result is written all over your face.
4. You'll Have Youthful Skin.
Dry and wrinkled skin occurs for two big reasons: (1) water retention and (2) a lack of subcutaneous fat. If you want to boost your natural fillers and look more youthful, with glowing skin, do three things:
1. Splash cold water on your face several times every morning
2. Gently pat your skin dry
3. Drink a big glass of chilled water on an empty stomach.
Make sure that you drink more than two liters of water during the day, and eat fat everyday! By fat, I mean pure and unprocessed plant oils from foods like organic flax seeds, butter from grass-fed sources, and organic coconut oil! Fat binds the water to the dermis skin layer and functions as a natural filler. You don’t ever need botox! The fat (mainly from the butter) will store in the fat layer that prevents that hollow look that often appears with age.
5. You'll Lower Your Body Fat
This will probably surprise you, but being dehydrated can make you gain weight! As I mentioned earlier, the body will use all other fluids available when it’s dehydrated. By pulling water out of the bloodstream, excess glucose will remain until it reaches the liver, where it's supposed to be stored as glycogen for later use.
6. You'll Curb Your Appetite
Do you constantly feel hungry? Do you have cravings for sugar and wheat? Drink a glass of water. Pure water acts as an appetite suppressant. When feeling hungry, I suggest you drink a big glass of water before you act upon that sensation. If you need some taste, you can add a bit of lemon juice, or a splash of açai or pomegranate juice (without any added sugar).
7. You'll Help Your Body Do Its Job
There’s a reason why they call water the source of life — our blood is 90% water. The bloodstream provides your cells and organs with oxygen and nutrients, and takes away any waste products. As you can see, blood is essential and important.
As I said before, the body will tap the water from cells and blood if needed to help counter dehydration. The blood will become thicker, increasing the risk for clotting, and making it harder to pump it through the system. This can have a serious impact on blood pressure and heart disease. Lack of water is also linked to headaches, pain and tension in muscles and joints. It even causes stomachaches and heartburn. Everything is connected throughout the body, and it’s important not to neglect one of its fundamental tools.
How Much Water Do You Need?
In general, you need about 2 Liters (65oz) of pure water a day. You might need more if you live in a warm or dry climate, as well as if you exercise often or practice “Bikram” or hot yoga. You will also need more water if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Plus, take into account the diuretic effects of coffee, tea, alcohol, and sodas, as well as salty foods.
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