IT'S HOT OUT, DRINK UP!
Did you know that water makes up two-thirds of our bodies? Water is the major component of every kind of tissue we have from blood to bone and everything in between. We need to be hydrated at all times or else our bodies do not function properly. Around three-fourths of our water is in inside the walls of our 70-plus trillion cells. Water is involved in every system and every event in our bodies. Nothing happens without it. Inside our cells is where salts, electrolytes and water combine to create the electrical energy that fires up our mitochondria, the power plants of our cells. Water controls our body's temperature, responsible for removing waste matter produced in our cells past the cell membranes to be filtered and removed by our liver and kidneys, it keeps our joints cushioned in the form of Synovial fluid. Water operates our immune system, transporting white blood cells from our bone marrow to our tissues to fight off disease. The lymphatic fluid carries toxic substances and carcinogens to the lymph nodes where they can be destroyed. Our brains and nervous systems are nearly 85-90% water! All "electrical" events that happen there need water to work.
We need to stay hydrated!
As much as we need water, we are constantly losing it. Through normal bodily functions like sweating, urine, tears, saliva and even breathing we lose about three quarts of it per day. And we don't store it, so we need to replenish it constantly.
How much do we need?
A good rule of thumb is 1 ounce per 2 pounds of body weight. The most important thing is to drink more than our thirst seems to require. The more we drink, the more our bodies will use and the more we will crave it. After your first pee of the day your urine should be clear or pale yellow. It will be darker the first pee because your body is removing the waste from detoxing the night before. If it is darker during the day, you are not hydrated enough! Most important is you need to be drinking water, not sodas or even store bought flavored waters( which are usually high in sugars and artificial colors). Drink filtered water or for something different try filtered water with a tea bag of green tea, No sugar, your taste buds will grow accustomed to and even crave it in a very short time. Green tea is very high in antioxidants, which helped in cell hydration. We like to use any type of tea that has Hibiscus flowers in its blend. Hibiscus tea has been shown to contain an even higher concentration of antioxidants. Celestial Seasonings brand can be found most everywhere and there "Zinger" flavors have Hibiscus in them. One tea bag can be used over the course of the day.
Because I work outside and its usually hot and humid, I try to consume 1 gallon of distilled water with 1/2 teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt daily. I feel amazing and hydrated. For more information on that, here is an excellent article by Darin Olien on the benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt. And another one from Natural News.
By drinking good clean water all day long, you will be amazed at how great you will feel!
Have a great week.