Do you find yourself going long stretches without water during the day? On busy days, I often find myself thinking “When was the last time I had a glass of water?” only to realize I haven’t had a single drop!
That is why I started stashing a water bottle in the places I spend a lot of time – at my desk, in the car, in the bedroom. I even set reminders on my desktop and on my phone to keep from getting dehydrated.
Why do I take these measures with water?
We hands out pamphlets to our patients by Vibrant Life Magazine about different health topics. I recently read the brochure about water, and I was surprise by how little I knew about staying hydrated. It gave me motivation to drink more water – and I want to share some of that motivation with you.
You may have heard the term water-weight, and like myself, wondered what it meant. This quote shed some light on why drinking adequate amounts of water aids in weight-loss:
“When you don’t drink enough water, your body secretes a hormone, aldosterone, that causes tissues to hold on to almost every molecule of liquid water retention.”
It is a survival mechanism that is designed to keep our bodies hydrated for as long as possible when we are not getting enough water. Studies also show that many people mistake the sensation of thirst, for the sensation of hunger – which leads of to over eating, and weight gain.
Weight-loss is definitely a bonus, but there are so many reasons why water is crucial to maintaining our health.
Water affects every aspect of our health -it is the medium in which your body’s various chemical changes occur, aiding in digestion, absorption, circulation, and lubrication. It also maintains body temperature and helps cushion joints and protect organs and tissue. Research even shows that being dehydrated affects our mood!
WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS
Those who drank six eight-ounce glasses of water daily were half as likely to develop bladder cancer.
Dominique Michaud – Harvard School of Public Health, 10 year study of nearly 48,000 men
Women who drank more than five glasses of water a day …their risk of colon cancer was reduced by 45 percent.
Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle Washington
A two percent loss in body fluid affected short-term memory and reduced the ability to add and subtract.
Dr. Kleiner – Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, Delhi Cantt, India.
According to the American Dietetic Association, it is not eight glasses of water a day; it is eight eight-ounce servings. And this is just a guideline. If you exercise, live in a warm climate, or drink coffee or alcohol, your body needs even more.
“Fully re-hydrating the body doesn’t occur as fast as you think. Even after consuming larges amounts of water, your dehydrated body can take from a few hours to a day to completely rehydrate.
Tissues such as muscles and skin, which are predominately water, take the longest to recover from dehydration. A good sign is if you urinate every two to four hours, and your urine is clear or light in color.”
HOW TO STAY HYDRATED