Ensuring Proper Hydration
Water makes up more than half of the weight of our body and is involved in many important functions.
Water carries nutrients to and wastes away from our cells and organs, keeps food moving through our digestive system, is involved in regulating our body temperature, lubricates the body’s joints, and much more! So you can see why this simple nutrient is necessary for optimal detoxification!
On a regular day, your body loses up to two liters of water! It is extremely important to recognize the common signs of dehydration.
Reach for water if you feel any of the following symptoms:
- Thirst (by the time you reach the point of thirst, your body has already lost 2 or more cups of water)
- Dry or itchy skin
- Lack of concentration
Here are a couple helpful hints to help keep you hydrated:
-Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. The more active you are, the more water you need to replace lost fluids.
-Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water (by that time, your body is already screaming signs of dehydration).
– Carry a bottle of water with you at all times. For a cool drink, fill one-fourth of bottle with water of 100% juice and freeze, then fill up the remainder with water. Cold water is also absorbed more quickly from the stomach.
-You can also meet your fluid needs from fruits, vegetables and herbal teas, decaffeinated teas and seltzers. Avoid most juices- they are way too high in sugar and will leave you feeling even thirstier in the long run!
-If you are active, or suffer from frequent diarrhea consider adding sea salt to your foods, consuming foods high in potassium, taking an electrolyte supplement and drinking lower sugar coconut water. These can replete the seven (yes, there are more electrolytes than just sodium and potassium!) important electrolytes that are lost in sweat or any other fluid loss (like vomiting or diarrhea).
-Don’t let one hour pass without drinking fluids!
-Having a hard time chugging down just plain old water?
Try these simple tips: Jazz up your aqua with a strawberry, lemon, lime, or frozen blueberries. Put a tea bag in a pitcher of ice water and let it flavor your water (try herbal fruity teas or peppermint). *See the “Flavored Water Ideas” in the Resources section for more ideas!
-Try sparkling water with a tad bit of 100% cranberry juice and a splash of lime!
-Choose a BPA-free or stainless steel water bottle for maximum health.
My favorite stainless steel tumbler
My favorite water bottle
My favorite warm beverage cup
-Don’t keep plastic water bottles in a hot car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic, which then releases harmful toxins that have been linked to cancer. Do yourself a favor to help limit that toxic load…switch to glass or stainless steel and just refill your cup!
-Having a food craving? Drink a glass of water, slowly. It will make you feel full
-Remember that water keeps your skin looking good. Atlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD, says, “Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration.”
-Understand that water helps prevent constipation as adequate hydration helps keep things flowing in your gastrointestinal system.
-I cannot stress enough the importance of filtered water. Although levels vary from state to state (and country to country), tap water contains added chemicals (think arsenic and lead) and in some cases, contamination from pesticides and herbicides. Of course if you live in an area with natural well or spring water, and you’ve had the water tested for harmful substances such as heavy metals, than of course, bottoms up!
It is absolutely VITAL to get in the habit of drink enough water, especially before the DETOX Phase!