Are you drinking enough water?
Summer time is almost here and temperatures are rising…
Did you know our bodies are made up of 70% water?!
What IS water?
Water is a tasteless, odorless liquid at ambient temperature and pressure. Water makes it possible for aquatic plants to grow since sunlight can penetrate them. Water is a liquid under standard conditions (http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/water).
Since we are made up of mostly water, even becoming the slightest bit dehydrated will bring about noticeable changes in our health.
What is dehydration?
According to the medical dictionary (as sited above), Dehydration is the loss of water and salts essential for normal body function.
Water is an essential part of life. No living thing exists without water. Water nurtures us from birth all the way up until death. Water, simply put, is life.
Now since water is life we must cherish it, right?
Here are some signs you are not drinking enough water and TIPS to help keep you hydrated!
1. Overly Thirsty?
Truth is, if you are constantly thirsty you are possibly already dehydrated! Water is something we should be drinking throughout the day, not just one water bottle a day!
Tips for staying hydrated on the go:
–Buy your very own water bottle.
Take it everywhere you go. Name it. Draw on it. Hold yourself accountable, but have fun with it! This is your body. Do it for ya damn self!
(Shout out to my mom who just bought a dope new water bottle!)
Do you have trouble dropping the kids off at the pool? Seriously. We should not have trouble going number two. If you find yourself not using the restroom as often as you should be this could possibly mean you are not getting enough water to flush out the waste/toxins in your body.
Tips for using the restroom more regularly:
–Drink up first thing in the morning!
Try drinking a glass of warm water with lemon after you wake up in the morning. Maybe even two glasses. This cleanses and detoxifies your body after a night of rest and the vitamin C in the lemon juice helps flush out toxins from the body in the digestive system.
3. Dark Colored Urine?
I know I know, we do not like to speak of our bodily fluids but have you paid attention to the color of your urine lately? Or how often you go? When you are sufficiently hydrated your urine seems to be a lighter shade of yellow, and you should be using the restroom at least 4-6 times daily. If you are lacking water your urine becomes a darker shade of yellow or you simply do not urinate often.
Tips for urinating regularly/changing the color of your urine?
Set reminders on your phone, laptop, heck even post sticky notes around your home to remind you to drink up! It takes a while to form a habit, so be consistent. Water has no Calories y’all!
4. Hungry more often than usual?
Did you know that sometimes when you feel hungry, you are actually just thirsty?
“Mild dehydration is typically disguised as feelings of hunger, when really all your body needs is fluids,” says Alissa Rumsey, RD, spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
As humans, it is quite simple to mistake our thirst for hunger due to the fact that the average person gets a majority of their water through food. Yes, food! Which is what causes most of us to over eat.
Signs of hunger: feeling weak, moody, and or a rumbling stomach. Keep in mind becoming hungry is a gradual process.
Signs of thirst: headache, constipation, overly thirsty, and/or dark colored urine.
We live in a social world. Eating out is very common and that is OKAY! But we should try to be more mindful of the decisions we make while out and about.
Tips to avoid the confusion and stay hydrated regularly?
Try drinking a glass of water before and after every meal!!
Yes, before and after every meal! While out and about with friends is a perfect time to do it. Not only will you be doing your body a favor, you’ll be saving money! I personally ask for water with a side of lemon.
I’m so used to it now it has become a routine. Trust me, you can do it too!