ater. Without it we can’t survive, yet many of us go about our day like we can. It’s true we get water from things other than water; foods such as dairy, fruit and veggies, and beverages like kombucha, coffee and water kefir. But the truth is, without good ol’ plain water, our kidneys are constantly working overtime to filter this water before being able to utilize it.
We all learned in third grade that our bodies are made up of 70% water…truth be told, the average adult human body varies between 50-65% (infants range between 75-78%), but the human heart and brain are 73% water, the lungs 83%, the muscles and kidneys 79% and the skin 64%. Even a 1% decrease in our bodies overall hydration can start a roller-coaster of issues.
A quick bit of science shows that water serves many purposes:
- The main building block of our cells.
- Regulates body temperature.
- Used to metabolize proteins and carbohydrates (and the primary component of saliva).
- Lubricates joints
- Acts as a shock absorber while insulating the brain, spinal cord, organs (and fetus).
- Helps flush waste and toxins from the body.
In my morning “Better Than Water” tonic post, I shared how I have a hard time staying hydrated throughout the day. I never “feel” dehydrated, but come bedtime I’ll chug down 4 cups of water, which is a big indicator I didn’t drink enough water throughout the day. Still, I find I’d rather sip on something yummy, like coffee, kombucha or water kefir, instead of good clean water.
If you find yourself in the same boat, try a few of these options:
- Better Than Water – tastes like tangy lemonade and full of other health benefits and bodily support.
- Essential Oils – Citrus oils such as Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime and Sweet Orange have a component called d-limonene (an oil nutrient called a “terpene”) that can help digestion, detoxification, metabolism, anxiety and even breast cancer prevention! Not to mention, the addition of these oils to your water is delicious! I aim to add 1 drop citrus essential oil to each cup of water. I suggest adding oil to the cup before adding water so it mixes well. Oil and water like to separate, so stir or shake every now and then to avoid getting a VERY citrus-y drink!
- Fruit, Veggie and Herb Infused – After reading Healthy Change #29, bestie (and Full of Days contributor) Mia, shared how she’s making water more appealing by adding fruits and veggies. Hop over to her blog and read “Operation – Drink More Water” for her refreshing ideas and tips!
Try one, or try them all…the point is to get and stay hydrated! Remember, hydration isn’t a “one and done” type of thing. Our bodies need a continual supply of water to keep our organs functioning and body healthy. Cheers!