Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Food Focus: Water

 Did you know the body is made up of 70-80% water?
 Are you getting enough water?
In the summer, when we tend to play hard, sweat and spend prolonged time in the sun, drinking plenty of water is critical. Those who are not drinking enough may experience poor digestion, slugglish thinking, skin breakouts, headaches, bad breath and general fatigue. Furthermore, we live in a culture where in which many people drink lots of caffeine, which further dehydrates our bodies; caffeinated sodas are very tempting on hot summer days. 
To start your day right, set a large glass of water by your bed each night and drink it when you wake up. Drinking fresh water first thing in the morning pulls out toxins from the previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead. Did you know you are most dehydrated first thing in the morning? Keep a bottle of water accessible throughout your day, whether you are on the go or at your desk. Having a bottle of water close by will remind you to take a sip when thirsty. The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need. A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass. I suggest drinking most of your daily water before early evening because most likely you will not be thirsty before bed. This is good because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom disturbs your peaceful night’s sleep. 

What about quality? Some people like bottled water, while others like tap water, while other prefer filtered water. The key is to like the water you are drinking, and the water should agree with your body. If the taste of plain water is unappealing, try adding a few mint leaves, slices of lemon, cucumber, or orange.

 Experiment and see what your taste buds like! If you are a coffee drinker, for every cup of coffee you drink, drink 2 additional glasses of water to prevent dehydration. 
 I personally drink alkaline water from my home water system and carry a glass water bottle with me. I think it is best to drink water out of glass or stainless steel bottles.

 There are many different water bottles on market now that are much safer than plastic and environmentally friendly. Toxins from plastic bottles get into the water, which have harmful effects. You do not know how long the water has been sitting in those plastic bottles, or what kind of environments they have been in, like extreme heat. It would be great for our bodies if we could all drink water fresh from a spring every day, but most of us cannot, so we do our best to replicate that and our bodies thank us. If you are in a natural foods market or Whole Foods, grab a bottle of Mountain Valley Spring Water and taste the difference; it’s delicious!

So, splash in the waves, swim in the sun, drink plenty of water, and enjoy the summer fun!

Until Next Time!

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