Good Hydratation

Hydratation

Whether you prefer it cold or room temperature, water is the most common drink. Some drink enough, others hardly drink at all and others do not drink a drop. As our body is composed of 60 to 70% water, it is important to consume it daily and especially at the right time.

Water promotes good lubrication for our saliva, blood and lymph, eyes, while fighting constipation. It regulates our body temperature, it hydrates us when we are too hot and warms us when we are cold. This liquid also helps to dilute toxins and eliminate them, while moisturizing the inside as well as the outside of the body, the skin. It is also known to prevent headaches and migraines, as well as to help the brain to concentrate and memorize well. It helps people manage their weight and blood sugar levels.

The winning formula; 35ml of water per kg of weight (Example: a person from 130lbs to 130/2.2= 59kg to 59*35ml = 2065ml of water per day).

Do not drink during meals, as this reduces the gastric acidity of the stomach, and therefore there will be fewer enzymes needed for food digestion. Drink at least 30 minutes before meals to prepare digestion, and 1h-1h30 after meals. Water is a good alternative to coffee in the morning when you wake up to get an energy boost, while activating the internal organs to prepare them for lunch. Drink a glass of water before a shower, especially if you take a hot shower, to regulate blood pressure. It is also important to drink water when you are sick, especially if you have a fever, since you lose a lot of fluid. Prefer room temperature water, so as not to create a shock to our body with cold water. When we drink cold water, the body must use energy to warm it up to the temperature of our body. This energy expended on the water to be heated prevents other work elsewhere in our body.
By drinking the necessary amount of water, it promotes better intestinal transit, stools need water to be well hydrated, therefore less dry at the exit. The large intestine reabsorbs a good amount of water, but it must still remain in the intestine to facilitate evacuation. Water is also crucial to eliminate our excess water retained by our body. Water retention is often caused by excess sodium (salt) in our diet or even female hormones. Drinking enough water will thus be able to eliminate the excess. At the same time, for those seeking weight loss, their weight will also be reduced. As indicated at the beginning of the article, our body is filled with water. So by drinking more water, we eliminate excess water that causes us to lose weight. 

 

  • Tips for drinking more water; add chlorophyll, fruit, lemon, lime, cucumber, mint, basil, cinnamon infusions, etc. Herbal teas are included in your daily water intake. However, coffee and teas are considered more like diuretics which encourage a greater elimination of body water. In this case, when we drink these drinks, we have to drink a lot more water to compensate for the loss.

We also find water in some foods. Their consumption is added to our total amount of water drunk during the day. Fruits such as watermelon, strawberry, cantaloupe, blueberry, grapefruit, tomato, peach, etc. are more than 90% waterlogged. Vegetables such as cucumber, lettuce, celery, spinach, radish are also more than 90% waterlogged. Choose these fruits and vegetables to add to your daily water intake. These waters are considered bound waters which is better for the body, since it absorbs them without quickly eliminating them like still water.

A good indication of whether we drink enough water during the day is to rely on the colour of our urine. The first morning urine is usually the darkest urine of the day, we have eliminated toxins and have not drank any drops of water at night. However, during the day, we drink liquid and our urine should become paler and paler, even transparent. When we have transparent urine, it tells us that we have taken enough water, we have achieved our goal. 

Choosing the right water is as important as drinking enough water. Take filtered water, many exist on the market (Brita, Santevia, Berkey, Aquasana, Solutions Limpides, Reverse Osmosis, etc.). Tap water contains many pollutants, chlorine, pesticides, fertilizers, lead, copper, heavy metals, drugs, including hormones, etc. For your water that you take to work with you, bring a reusable water bottle and take filtered water from home.

Water is essential for life. From the time that primeval species ventured from the oceans to live on land, a major key to survival has been prevention of dehydration.

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