Don’t Forget to Drink Water!

December 22 2017

Jacqueline Rosenhek

 

We have always heard people throughout our lives reminding us to drink water. We never seem to drink enough though do we? Not really anyway. We tend to enjoy sweet drinks made from artificial sugars or carcinogenic artificial sweeteners made to resemble some sort of flavour. We have become so accustomed to consuming such junk that many people cannot be bothered to drink a simple glass of water anymore!  We have all heard the many different excuses as to why someone does not drink water. Maybe they do not like the taste (or lack thereof) of water, maybe they do not think they are thirsty (which is not true, by the time you feel what you think is thirsty that is actually one of the starting signs for dehydration) or that you never remember to drink water. Enough with the excuses! Got a reason for not drinking water? Sorry but you don’t. We need water to live, it makes up about 60 percent of our body mass, it is imperative that we drink enough water in order to at least be healthy.

Funny thing is that a lot of things that we complain about in our day to day lives could be at least partially remedied if we drank more water! Not drinking enough water could lead to:

  • Crankiness
  • Gaining water weight
  • Lack of energy
  • Skin problems
  • Joint pain
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Body odour
  • Bad breath
  • Increased risk for a stroke
  • Increased hunger
  • Slower metabolism
  • Poor physical performance
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Poorly functioning kidneys and liver
  • Poor cardiac performance
  • Increased risk for erectile dysfunction
  • Dry eyes
  • Darkened urine

 

That is a pretty long list of negative side effects isn’t it? Yet water still comes after soda for most frequently consumed beverage in North America. As processed foods with artificial flavours have gained popularity, our health and demand and resources for natural, healthy food has declined, even our desire to drink the one liquid we generally really need to survive! Everyone has heard different statements on how much water one needs to drink per day (short answer, it’s totally subjective). One of the most common and most realistic rules of drinking water is the 8×8 rule. You drink about 8 8 oz glasses of water per day ideally. This amounts to about 2 litres or half a gallon. Given the fact that our bodies are typically 60 percent water and we lose water every day through sweat, bowel movements and so on, this actually makes a lot of sense and it would not be surprising if the amount required will increase over the years due to the processed junk most people tend to nourish themselves with. If you cannot remember to drink water, bring your own personal water bottle to work! While you’re at it, customize your water if you are really that bored of the taste. Add some citrus fruit for a vitamin C boost or some cucumber to get a fresh tasting natural additive. There is literally no excuse to not drink water; we actually decrease our overall well-being by not drinking enough of it. It is time to stop coming up with excuses on why we are not doing this simple thing that is essential for our health and to start doing it.

 

 

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