Hydrating, I feel like it's this thing we hear a lot about, but do you really understand it? You might think, "I know water is good for me," but do you know why? I'm going out on a limb and saying that you don't truly understand this, because 99% of people I talk to and clients I work with, tell me, I could probably be drinking more water. My intense curiosity for exploring things has lead me into the realm of earth-based nutrition and I have been really blown away by some things I've been learning about water alone in the last couple months. Who knew it was this vast and important item to our health on more than just a, "Yeah, our bodies are made up water, so I should drink it," type level. In this article today I am going to try breaking down some of this importance to you, without overwhelming you or going too science-y.
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
First up - especially if you already feel like you could be drinking more water, or maybe feel like you should be drinking more water: I just want to let you know that whatever ails you right now in your body, there is a good chance you can fix it up or diminish it completely by drinking more water.
I've always known that our bodies are made up cells but I never truly grasped it. I’m sure you have heard of cells too, but did you know that they are the basic structural, functional, and biological unit of all known living organisms? Let me try to explain this better:
How much water?
A lot of people say they don't like to drink water because they don't like having to go to the bathroom all the time. Your body is a well oiled detoxing machine! No, I'm not talking about a juice cleanse or starving yourself. I'm talking about simple, every day shtuff, like the air we breathe in and the food we eat regularly. There are always pathogens and bacteria getting in to the body on a regular basis and the body is an expert at neutralizing these and passing them through you without any harm. If you really think peeing is annoying, I recommend trying to flip your perspective. I'd rather be hydrated, healthy, with frequent urination, than run-down, tired and grumpy, with a urinary tract infection (maybe I went a little too far out on that last one, but you get the idea.)
Pay Attention to Your Pee
As I am a huge fan of getting away from numbers of all kinds and tuning in to your body as much as possible, I am going to share with you an extra tip that I like. Over time, on your health and wellness journey, no doubt you will learn how your body talks to you and how to respond as necessary. Here is one of those tips. I've included a little chart for you to have an idea of what the color of your urine is actually telling you.
Just drink more water! & it most certainly helps if you add some tasty (totally real-from the earth) flavors as incentive, like fresh lemon/lime, fresh mint, frozen berries, or cucumber. This also adds antioxidants and electrolytes to your water as well - extra bonus! Do I even need to tell you to stay away from that store bought squeeze-it-in crap? Give the natural stuff a try and share your experience with becoming more hydrated in the comments! I love hearing the epiphanies people have ❤