Hydration is incredibly important for the body to function normally as every single cell, organ, and tissue needs water to function properly. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, which can cause fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps, skin problems, and more! Everyone is aware that we need water to survive, but exactly does it do for us?
BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER
Regulates your body temperature
Lubricates and cushions your joints
Eliminates waste through urination, bowel movements, and perspiration
Promotes healthy tissues
"HOW MUCH WATER DO I NEED?"
You may have heard you need 8 cups of water a day. While that is a good goal to strive towards, the amount of water may have to be adjusted depending on many different factors.
Are you running a fever, have diarrhea, urinary infection? Many health conditions require us to increase our fluid intake.
Heat and humidity may cause you to sweat more, thus leading to dehydration if additional fluids are not taken in.
It is incredibly important to hydrate before, during, and after a workout. Dehydration can only not lead to injury during exercise, but the body will not be able to rebuild as efficiently after a workout if you are not properly hydrated.
“I don’t like water. What should I do?”
While plain water is the best, there are other drinks or food you can try that may help keep you hydrated: Juices, herbal teas, and sports drinks can be a good supplement, but make sure to read the nutritional label for added sugars, sodium, and caffeine. Try reaching for water-rich foods such as watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, lettuce, cucumbers, or soups and broths to help increase your water intake.
If you don’t like water or want to try something different, try infusing your water! Add fresh fruit, vegetables, or herbs for a fun twist!
Here are some combinations you can try, but don’t be afraid to get creative!
Strawberry, basil, and lemon
Blueberry, lemon, and rosemary
Cucumber and mint
Strawberry, pineapple, and lime
Watermelon, kiwi, and lime
Lemon, mint, ginger, and cucumber
If you’re concerned you’re not getting enough water, and you’re not sure what to do, consult with your naturopathic doctor and make a goal to start.