First step for better health: drink more!

POSTED BY Busy Moms | 13 October 2016 | Nutrition

Water, of course.
Did you know that the human body is made of 65-70% water and our brain is 85% water?

It’s no surprise that the amount you drink can affect your health. Too much water could result in mineral imbalances and sleep deprivation, while too little could cause dehydration, headaches, fatigue, hunger, sugar cravings and confusion.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty, drink regularly. The same applies to children as well who tent to forget about drinking, so it is our task to remind them.
Whenever you feel cranky, have a headache, or want to eat a bar of chocolate, just drink a big glass of water and reevaluate the situation in 10 minutes. (You might eat that chocolate anyways, but at least you tried…)


So how much water should you drink?

In general, women should drink around 2.2 liters a day. Kids at the age of 5 need around 1 liter and the required amount increases gradually as they grow. Water consumption depends on several factors, so increase this amount in the following situations:

  • Hot or humid temperature
  • High altitude
  • During physical exercise
  • During illness, including fever, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Infection of the bladder or urinary tract
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding
  • Increased alcohol intake (yeah, I know, moms never drink )

What is the best water to drink?

Tap water – most readily available, but may not be the safest option in certain areas
Filtered water – water filer can help remove contaminants when environmental toxins pose a threat to water systems
Bottled water – it is a popular option, however, there are growing concerns about chemicals from the plastic seeping into the water as well as the effect that the increasing number of bottles has on the environment
Distilled water – pure and clean, but some believe that we need the minerals in the water
Alkaline ionized water – derived through electrolysis
Real spring water
– non-bottled true spring water could be the best source of fresh water, but available only for a few, who live close by to such source.

When to drink water?

  • Start the day with a big glass of water. I usually add a full squeezed lemon to it, so it is nicely alkalizing as well.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water 20-30 minutes before meals. This prepares your stomach for digestion. Avoid drinking during and after your meal as it dilutes the digestion enzymes.
  • Drink during exercise.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water when you have a headache or any pain – around 80% of headaches are caused by dehydration! Wait 20 minutes to see your symptoms going away without medication.
  • Always drink water with coffee or alcohol consumption as they are heavily dehydrating the body.
  • Drink water when you have any craving or feeling hungry. You might be just thirsty. (Of course, drinking water does not replace a well-balanced meal.)

How much water do you think you need a day? How much do you actually drink?