Staying hydrated with the most abundant resource on the planet: WATER, is one of the most important healthy changes you can make if you’re embarking on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
It’s the most abundant but also the most underestimated.
So many of our biggest health concerns can be improved & even solved with proper hydration. Whether you’re feeling bloated, lacking focus or concentration, constipated, light headed, restless, cramped up, tired, lacking energy, have a headache, heart palpitations, dull or dry skin or recurring breakouts, H2O to the rescue!
About 60% of our bodies are made up of water so it’s important that we replenish our stores on a regular basis, especially in the sun & even more so, after intense sweat sessions. But really, ALWAYS!!!!
One of the first signs of dehydration is fatigue. In fact, every single one of our organs need water to function & dehydration can cause the organs to slow down & to function less efficiently & less optimally, leaving you feeling sluggish, tired & irritated!
We’re all about glowy skin, right? We use the most expensive & good quality skincare products on the market. But, what if I told you that using those products isn’t enough if you’re not drinking THE CHEAPEST BEVERAGE ON THE PLANET? Skin needs moisture to stay flexible & elastic. Even mild dehydration will show right away on your skin – it’ll look dry, tired & even slightly grey. Ever realize that if you don’t eat well in the winter & hydrate your skin enough with good moisturizers, serums & oils in the winter, it ends up looking more grey & dull, your dark spots tend to show a little more & the dark circles are on another level of crazy, right? I feel you. That’s because in the winter, the skin gets dehydrated more easily due to cold temperatures. But, eating right to hydrate the skin isn’t only important during the winter – it’s crucial all year round!
A common misconception is that drinking too much water makes you bloated. Obviously, everything in moderation. I’m not here telling you to drink 15L of water per day. But, staying hydrated means that EVERYTHING moves & flows easier through our bodily systems. Moreover, if you aren’t drinking enough water, your body activates its fight or flight system & holds on to whatever water is already in your body (as opposed to excreting it through urine). This means that the water in your body will be used for normal bodily functions & will cause you to appear & feel bloated. The only way to get rid of that bloat & puffiness? DRINK MORE WATER!
As for headaches, the body requires proper balance of fluid & electrolytes in order to function properly. Everyday, the body loses water through daily activities as simple as sweating & urinating. Most of the time, the amount of fluid lost is easily balanced through drinking or eating foods rich in fluids (such as fruits & veggies). BUT, when the body loses water faster than it can be replenished, the body can become dehydrated, which can lead to dehydration headaches (they can be mild but they can also be as severe as a migraine!). What happens scientifically is that when the body is dehydrated, the brain temporarily contracts or shrinks from fluid loss, which causes the brain to pull away from the skull, causing pain & leading to the headache. Once rehydrated, the brain plumps up & returns to its normal state.
ALL THIS TO SAY, staying hydrated is so important AT ALL TIMES, whether you’re the most active person on the planet or not, whether you’re sitting at a desk all day or out & about. And it’s SO EASY to do, so why skimp on it?
Those are just a few examples to show you that optimal health & functioning of our vital organs is based on such a simple & easy task to incorporate into your daily life: DRINK MORE! So simple, yet so beneficial & such a great way to cultivate another healthy lifestyle habit!
My fave way to stay hydrated is to ALWAYS keep a full bottle of water on me & to make sure that I sip on it throughout the day, refilling it whenever it’s empty! And most importantly, I always start my day with a glass full of lukewarm water, fresh lemon, chlorophyll, aloe Vera & Himalayan sea salt. This wakes up my body & provides tons of health benefits from boosted digestive health to clearer skin, vitamin C, sustained energy, electrolytes & minerals.
TO READ MORE ABOUT MY MORNING TONIC, CLICK HERE: My New Morning Tonic: Aloe, Chlorophyll & Lemon Water a.k.a. How & Why I Stepped Up My Lemon Water Game!
How much water you drink daily should depend on one thing only: WHAT IS YOUR BODY TELLING YOU? Listen to it! We often misinterpret hunger for thirst & we try all these natural & non natural remedies to try to relieve unpleasant feelings or issues when really the answer is sitting right in front of us! DRINK UP BABES!
I drink about the equivalent of 7 water bottles a day, but keep in mind, I work out a lot & some days I drink more than others! Your hydration needs will vary from day to day based on your activity level. Get into the habit of carrying around a large bottle in your car, purse or at the office to remind you to drink. Caffeine-free teas are also good. And don’t forget that some fruit & veggies, such as watermelon, zucchini, cucumber etc. also contribute to your daily fluid intake!
If you want to start becoming more mindful about how much you should be drinking, aside from listening to your body & drinking consistently throughout the day so that you never get to a point where you feel dehydrated or parched, you can follow this simple calculation:
- Multiply your weight by 0.67.
- This will give you the amount of ounces of water you need per day. Use a converter to convert it to ml. One bottle of water is usually 500ml, to put things into perspective.
- Adjust the number based on how often you exercise because you obviously expel water when you sweat. I add 12 oz. of water to my total for every 30 minutes of exercise. If you work out for an hour a day, add 24 oz.