Water is one of the most important things that we should never ignore. How many of us have been told that we should drink at least 2.5 to 3 litres of water every day or 8 glasses minimum? And, how many of us actually follow this? Most of us drink water only when we realise that we are very thirsty. But, ideally, that should not be the case.
Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. If you are thirsty, then it is already too late. The problem is that many of us have trouble deciding when we are thirsty.
I know I am thirsty when I feel sluggish or tired, experience mild headaches, have trouble concentrating or constipated. A dry mouth and a flushed or tired feeling are all signs that you could be thirsty, but you have realised it when it’s already too late.
‘Thirst’ is a tricky phenomenon to understand. The feeling of thirst is governed by the hypothalamus in the brain. It reads the salt levels in the body. When you are dehydrated, the salt concentration in your body rises. That triggers your thirst alarm. But, by this time, many of your vital organs are already severely deprived of water.
Water is a miracle liquid. You are a mixture of water, protein and a myriad of molecules blended together to create a physical you. Two-thirds of your body is water. Cells, bones and blood both hold water and float in it. Muscles are 75% water.
You need water to enable your body to keep eliminating the toxins generated, to produce digestive enzymes, maintain healthy skin, hair, organs and to help your body absorb essential vitamins, minerals and natural sugars. Water also regulates your body temperature, cooling you down by evaporating through your skin.
Even on a cold winter day your body will use and lose about 2 litres of water. Imagine how much greater that amount is on a hot summer day.
The important point here is to understand that less water or getting dehydrated frequently SLOWS DOWN YOUR METABOLISM. A slow metabolism means slower fat loss and slumps in your energy levels and growth.
SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION:
- Blurred vision
- Flushed skin
- Lack of mental clarity
- Back pain
- High cholesterol
- Water retention
| Don’t reach a point of dehydration.
** Always carry a water bottle with you.