Benefits of Hydration & Drinking Water

Why Hydrate?

Better looking skin – proper hydration leads to better looking skin (and less wrinkles).

Less fluid retention – when you are dehydrated, your body retains fluids.

Fewer Headaches – The brain sits inside a fluid sack that keeps it from bumping against the skull, explains Higgins. If that fluid sack around the brain is dehydration, the brain can bump against the skull, causing headaches. headache

Reduce Afternoon fatigue – dehydration leads to fatigue, this appears to be the No. 1 cause of midday fatigue.

Reduce Food Cravings (especially for sweets) – dehydration makes it difficult for organs like the liver to release some glycogens and other components of your energy stores, so you can actually get cravings for food. Craving something sweet, reach for a fruit or veggie high in fluid (celery, apple, orange, watermelon).food-cravings

Reduce Bad Breath (& tooth decay) – Dehydration depletes your Saliva and saliva has antibacterial properties that help prevent bad breath and tooth decay.

Increase driving safety (road trips) –a  study in the Journal of Physiology & Behavior found that people made 54% more errors when driving while dehydrated (about the same as driving intoxicated).  Even mild dehydration can cause fatigue.funny-car-crash-picture

Safeguards heart health – new research in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that even a 2% level of dehydration lead to stiffening in the arteries and a 27% decrease in blood-vessel function.  Dehydration triggers the release of hormones that restrict blood vessels.

Reduce cognitive impairment – even mild dehydration, has been shown to put stress on our cognitive functioning. In younger adults, for instance, dehydration was linked to a dip in concentration and short-term memory, as well as an increase in feelings of anxiety and irritability.

Flush Toxins from the Body – The more you pee, the more toxins you flush out. Simple as that.  The more you hydrate, the more you pee.

Facts about Dehydration: 1) if you are thirsty, you are already 1-2 % dehydrated, 2)  75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated…drinking 8 oz of beverages isn’t enough if offset by caffeine, sodium, medication, exercise, etc. 3) Dehydration Is One of the Most Common Risk Factors for Kidney Stones.

 Why Drink Water 1st Thing in the Morning?

  1. 1)  Improve Your Metabolism – Drinking water (approximately 20 ounces) can increase your metabolic rate by 30 percent, according to a studyin the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
  2. 2)  Help Alleviate Heartburn and Indigestion
  3. 3)  KeepThings Moving – a glass of water on an empty stomach helps regulate your digestion (bowel movements) so you get it out of the way first thing.
  4. 4)  Stay Healthy – To minimize the chance of getting sick, you need to keep your lymphatic system hydrated. A glass of water in the morning will help ward off congestion and ensure efficient drainage.
  5. *Add Lemon to the water and help get the bile flowing efficiently.

Be sure to get Fresh water from a known source (Jacobs Well), stored in glass is ideal (and good for the environment).  I avoid tap water due to the chemical content and pollutants.  Aluminum bottles are also an option and great for the environment. Don’t forget to eat plenty of fruits and veggies (organically grown) as another safe source of fluids (also fresh juice) & drink  organic tea (made with fresh water).