Water, the Essence of Life

 

By Lyne Desforges, R.H.N.

Living with Dehydration

Every living being needs water for their survival. It is indeed, the essence of life. However, as humans, we often neglect this essential nutrient in favour of coffee or alcohol. According to doctors, 75% of Americans may be suffering from chronic dehydration

Did you know that exercising in hot, humid weather could make you dehydrated in as little as 30 minutes?

An average adult loses approximately 10 cups of water every day, just by breathing, sweating and urinating.  Some symptoms of dehydration are thirst, headache, low urine output, dizziness, lethargy, constipation and dark yellow urine.

Adopting healthy habits can start with something as simple as adding more water to your daily routine. You will be surprised at how much better you will feel.

We Are Basically Made of Water

Did you know that up to 60% of the human body is made up of water? According to the USGS Water Science School, the brain and heart are made up of 73% water, the lungs are 83% water, the skin is 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery at 31%.  So drink up!  Your body will love you for it.

How Much Water Do You Need?

According to the Mayo clinic, men need 3 litres of fluid per day while women need 2.2 litres.  These amounts will vary according to the person’s size, age, health, activity level and the weather.  Fluid intake can be from water, juices, herbal teas, soups, smoothies, and food. Remember that coffee and alcohol don’t count as they are dehydrating and require even more fluid to compensate!

Here is a quick way to calculate your water needs:
Take your weight in pounds and divide it by 2.  The result is the # of fluid ounces you need per day.

5 Reasons Why You Need to Drink Water

  1. Not just a pretty face:
    Defy aging by keeping your skin plump and moist… and keep them guessing!

  2. A spring in your step:
    Water lubricates joints and moistens tissues making every step a joyous event.

  3. Fit and trim:
    Water boosts your metabolism and may curb hunger. Bye bye cravings!

  4. Clean lean machine:
    Get rid of toxins by promoting good elimination and keep your kidneys happy.

  5. Whiz kid:
    Water increases your energy and your cognitive ability, so get out that Trivia game and dazzle everyone with your happy brain!

3 Tips to Increase Your Daily Intake

  • Tip #1:
    Fill a big jug of water in the morning and aim to drink it all by the end of the day.

  • Tip #2:
    Put elastics around your water bottle. If you aim to drink 2 litres and your water bottle contains 500 ml, then put 4 elastics around it.  Every time you refill the bottle, remove one elastic.

  • Tip #3:
    Put an alarm on your phone/watch/FitBit for every 30 minutes. Drink every time it rings!

What About Sport Drinks?

That is a subject for a whole other article.  Basic advice: always look at the ingredients of anything you are putting in your body.  Do you really need to ingest “Red Dye 40”?  If you are sweating a lot and need to replenish your electrolytes, opt for coconut water or make your own sport drink.

Get Drinking Today

Start incorporating that water drinking habit today and feel better for all your tomorrows. If you need support in adopting any healthy habits, feel free to contact any of our healthcare practitioners.