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Hydration, Hydration, Hydration...but why?

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

Every health and wellness professional tells us to drink more water, but why, what is the reason behind it? The main thing we have all heard our whole lives is that our bodies are made up of 80% water, so what does that mean? That means that water is the primary component of all of our bodily fluids aka Lymph, Blood, Digestive juices, Urine, Tears and Sweat. Water is required for a majority of our bodies' functions such as circulation, digestion, absorption, elimination of wastes and without replenishing those stores of water our systems start to get sluggish, and not function properly. What happens when our systems stop working properly? Well we get sick, we are not able to absorb the nutrients from our foods properly, our ability to heal wounds slows down, and we can get overwhelmed by toxins from our foods and our environment that our body would normally be able to eliminate with ease. Our bodies send healing substances to the injured areas of the body and 81% of that substance sent to an injury site is water, when we are exposed to toxins from our environment our urine and our sweat carry those toxins out of our bodies. Wound healing requires a wet environment because water accelerates the re-epithelialization and rate of wound contraction. Without clean water we cannot maintain optimum physical health.

On average it is recommended we drink 64 oz of water per day, or half our body weight (lbs) in ounces, this also includes the water we get from our food we eat (approx 4 cups) and the process of us digesting our food (1 cup) that still leaves around 3-4 cups of water per day we need to drink, and if you break it down, then that is an achievable goal and not as daunting when we realize its only 3-4 cups. In our society we love our coffee, tea , soda, juice, beer or wine, anything but water, but when our bodies need it so much we have to make the effort and opt out of the soda's, juice and extra coffees or tea and include at least a few glasses of water each day. Water itself can be boring, but Infusing your water with fruits, herbs, lemon or lime are a nice way of adding some excitement and pizzazz to your water.

Add:

a few blackberries, a couple slices of lime; or

a few sprigs of Mint, and a few rasperries; or

a couple slices of cucumber, a few sprigs of mint;

a couple slices of ginger and some slices of lime; or

slices of lemon or lime; or

Lime slices and slices of cucumber


Give some of these ideas a try, and make some of your own and enjoy your water :)


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