7 Reasons to Boost Water Intake
7 Reasons to Boost Water Intake – If you suffer from any of the following ailments, you may not be drinking enough water: elevated blood sugars, fatigue, confusion, memory loss, dizziness, dry and wrinkled skin, brittle hair and nails, cold fingers and toes, constipation, eczema, headaches, urinary tract infections, and muscle pains. These are all signs of dehydration.
Your body is made up of around 70% water, which is involved in every bodily function. If you lack water, then your body will try to get moisture from any liquid source in your system. It will automatically tap your blood, cell fluid, intra-cellular fluid, and even your stools and urine. When you are literally draining yourself, you are impacting your physical and mental health and speeding up the aging process.
Below are seven very good reasons to boost your water intake:
1. You’ll digest your food better. If you are spending a bit too much time and effort on the toilet, you could probably use a glass (or two!) of pure slightly alkaline water. The body is very wise: it knows that the vital organs need essential nutrients more than the rest of your body. If you are dehydrated, however, your body will take what is available. Hence constipation. Water-depleted stools are hard to pass —and they can be there for days! As a result, your stomach feels bloated with the overgrowth of fermenting bacteria and yeast. Not fun!
2. You’ll stay sharp. If you prefer being upbeat and focused, you need to drink water. If you are feeling confused and forgetful, try drinking more water before going to see the doctor. Dehydration can trigger brain fog. (1)
3. You’ll love what you see in the mirror. If you love what you see in the mirror every morning, good for you! Keep doing what you are doing! But if you struggle with a puffy face and sunken eyes with dark circles, you are being warned that your kidneys are in distress. You are not drinking enough water. The kidneys filter toxins, salts, and water from the bloodstream. If the body is dehydrated, then the kidneys can’t function properly. If the kidneys are overloaded, this will show in your face.
4. You’ll have youthful skin. Dry and wrinkled skin occurs for two big reasons: (1) water retention and (2) a lack of subcutaneous fat. If you want to boost your natural fillers and look more youthful, with glowing skin, do three things:
- Splash cold water on your face several times every morning
- Gently pat your skin dry
- Drink a big glass of chilled water on an empty stomach.
Make sure that you drink more than two liters of water during the day, and eat fat every day! By fat, I mean pure and unprocessed plant oils from foods like organic flax seeds and organic coconut oil! Fat binds the water to the dermis skin layer and functions as a natural filler. You don’t ever need botox! The fat will store in the fat layer that prevents that hollow look that often appears with age.
5. You’ll lower your body fat. This will probably surprise you, but being dehydrated can make you gain weight! As I mentioned earlier, the body will use all other fluids available when it’s dehydrated. By pulling water out of the bloodstream, excess glucose will remain until it reaches the liver, where it’s supposed to be stored as glycogen for later use.
6. You’ll curb your appetite. Do you constantly feel hungry? Do you have cravings for sugar and wheat? Drink a glass of water. Pure water acts as an appetite suppressant. When feeling hungry, I suggest you drink a big glass of water before you act upon that sensation. If you need some taste, you can add a bit of lemon juice, or a splash of açai juice (without any added sugar).
7. You’ll help your body do its job. There’s a reason why they call water the source of life — our blood is 90% water. The bloodstream provides your cells and organs with oxygen and nutrients, and takes away any waste products. As you can see, blood is essential and important.
As I said before, the body will tap the water from cells and blood if needed to help counter dehydration. The blood will become thicker, increasing the risk for clotting, and making it harder to pump it through the system. This can have a serious impact on blood pressure and heart disease. Lack of water is also linked to headaches, pain and tension in muscles and joints. It even causes stomachaches and heartburn. Everything is connected throughout the body, and it’s important not to neglect one of its fundamental tools.
How much water do you need?
In general, you need about 2 Liters (65oz) of pure water a day. You might need more if you live in a warm or dry climate, as well as if you exercise often or practice “Bikram” or hot yoga. You will also need more water if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Plus, take into account the diuretic effects of coffee, tea, alcohol, and sodas, as well as salty foods.
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