Water: Fluids and your body. How important are they REALLY?
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Happy New Year all!!
I certainly hope you have all had a wonderful and safe holiday season and a great start to the new year. As I've reflected on the past few months (6 months really) my life has been just a whirlwind of cray cray craziness and a roller coaster of emotions from all ends of the spectrum. But honestly, I probably wouldn't have it any other way. This journey here on this earth, a short one at that, teaches us to grow when we are pushed out of our comfort zones. Of course, in the moment, no one wants to go through grief, sorrow, pain, anger, despair, etc. But in the end, we are supported and loved, by any spiritual force or faith you may believe in, and we evolved into a wiser, and more humbled person. Our destination is never what we ultimately foresee it to be, and that's the beauty of having our eyes opened to a much higher purpose than ourself.
Anyways...if you are still with me at this point: 1) congrats lol and 2) you're thinking, what the heck does this have to do with H2O!? Well, I'll tell ya. ;)
As we are battling the winter months and of course post-holiday season extravaganzas, many of us often neglect to maintain proper hydration during this time for many reasons. Whether it's because you are less mindful of noticing the physical process of sweating within the body; your training/fitness regiment has changed and you are not expelling as much fluid waste as before; you do not internally "feel" dehydrated; or possibly a combination of any and all of these.
But, to spare you from revisiting our high school or college biology/anatomy days, we all "know" that our body is compromised of 70-80% water, however we just frankly never make that connection relevant to us. We don't truly take that profound fact into consideration when we go about our daily lives.
So, my challenge for all of us as we start this new year off right! (and yes it's a YEAR, so make a commitment and make it last longer than 8 weeks. YOU can do this!) My invitation to you is to track your fluid intake and make small adjustments over a period of time and listed below are some ways to keep yourself accountable and to be successful!
1) track your fluid intake on your smartphone- water drink reminder app is a great choice
2) to curb sweet sugary drink cravings, opt for mineral water, sparkling water, vitamin water, propel, or water infused with fresh fruit
3) drink BEFORE you feel thirsty
4) be mindful of the difference between thirst sensations and hunger sensations
Fluids really ARE vital to our overall health, so under consumption is just as detrimental to over consumption of the unhealthy fluids (i.e., soda, sugary juices, coffee mix drinks, etc.)
Good luck and keep up those fluids!