Back to Basics
Let’s start with Hydration. Water is one of those things that so many of us struggle with and I honestly just naturally never had to work at it (unlike so many other things under the food umbrella). Don’t get me wrong, I also used to drink Diet Coke by the gallon, but I also had lots of water as well.
When I broke up with Diet Coke, it was an ugly break up and water helped a ton.
We really do not “need a cup of coffee”. We have become accustomed to the caffeine hit in the morning, the ritual of going by Starbucks every morning and we like he feel of the Venti cup in our hand.
The basics on why we need water
1. Water Helps to Maximize Physical Performance
Losing as little as 2% of your body’s water content can significantly impair physical performance.
2. Hydration Has a Major Effect on Energy Levels and Brain Function
Mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can impair energy levels and mood, and lead to major reductions in memory and brain performance.
3. Drinking Water May Help to Prevent and Treat Headaches
Drinking water can sometimes help relieve headache symptoms, especially in people who are dehydrated.
4. Drinking More Water May Help Relieve Constipation
Drinking plenty of water can help prevent and relieve constipation, especially in people who generally do not drink enough water.
5. Drinking Water May Help Treat Kidney Stones
Increased water intake appears to decrease the risk of kidney stone formation. More research is needed in this area.
6. Water Helps Prevent Hangovers
Hangovers are partly caused by dehydration, and drinking water can help reduce some of the main symptoms of hangovers.
7. Drinking More Water Can Help With Weight Loss
It is actually best to drink water cold, because then the body will use additional energy (calories) to heat the water to body temperature. (www.Healthline.com)
So why aren’t YOU drinking more water??