Tuesday, August 6, 2013

We’ve probably all heard it before, but something so important deserves repeating…WATER IS GOOD FOR YOU!

By Cathy Lotzer, Groundwater Foundation Board Member

Did you know that by drinking water you can burn fat, beat a fever, improve your complexion, build muscle, fight a stomachache, and even improve your mood?  Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj wrote in, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, that the body can “misinterpret thirst signals as pain” and by drinking more water we can cure our headaches, depression, asthma and even arthritis.                

The basic facts:

It’s important for our good health to get enough water each and every day.  Most of us do this when thirsty and by drinking with our meals.  We also get fluids through the foods we eat.  This water performs very important functions such as:  regulating our temperature, lubricating joints, protecting our spinal cord and sensitive tissues, and helping rid the body of waste through urination, perspiration and bowel movements.  Our body requires even more water when we are in hot climates, physically active, feverish, or ill from diarrhea or vomiting.

Here are some tips for you to help with getting enough water in your daily routine:

·         Always have a full water bottle handy (work, car, etc).

·         Set a reminder on your phone every hour to take a break for a drink of water.

·         Freeze water in bottles and take on day-long trips.

·         After using the restroom – rehydrate with more water.

·         Substitute water for those sugary sweet beverages (this helps with weight loss also J)

·         Add a slice of lime or lemon to water to improve the taste and help you drink more.

·         Select water when eating out (this helps save money and calories J).  In fact, drink a glass before dinner to curb your hunger and sip on water throughout the meal to compensate for higher sodium levels present in your meal.

·         Hydrate between meals too.  When we feel hungry, our bodies may be really just trying to tell us we need water rather than calories.

References: CDC, Good Life Eats, MSN Healthy Living


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