Our bodies are made up of more than 60% water. This simple liquid is extremely powerful and affects so many things throughout our body; without it, we would die. Because it is so vital to our existence, it can drastically change how we feel.
It acts as a lubricant for our joints, helps build new cells, moves the nutrients consumed within our food throughout our body, regulates our body temperature, and regularly detoxifies.
Not only will we be thirsty, our skin will be dry and flaky, we will have an increase in headaches, we will become sluggish, lacking overall energy, and our digestion and detoxification processes will be slowed causing toxins to build within our body.
Studies show that 75% of people are chronically dehydrated, and if we are reaching for caffeinated drinks to give us a boost, we are only making things worse as they dehydrate us even more!
There are varying suggested amounts and most everyone has heard of the eight, 8-ounce glass rule, and although this is enough to function, I personally don't feel it is enough for the average adult. It is more accurate to go by your weight than some arbitrary number.
By taking your approximate weight and multiplying it by 67%, you can find out an more accurate guideline. For example, if you weigh 125 lbs. Multiply 125 by .67 and you are left with about 84. That would mean a 125 lb person should drink 84 ounces of water a day to not simply stay hydrated, but detoxified and running properly.
Additionally, for every 30 minutes you work out per day, you need to add about 12 ounces to that number.
I recently started carrying around a reusable bottle that holds about 16 ounces of water, after realizing that the chronic headaches I had were from dehydration. It took me about 36 hours of drinking lots of water to recover, but once I realized that I was causing my own pain I decided I would put a stop to it.
I carry it everywhere with me now and it holds enough that I only have to refill it a few times out of the day. I feel so much better now that I can recognize right away when I am not drinking enough.
It can be hard to transition to drinking more water if you are used to drinking coffee, sodas, or juice, but you can actually detox and stay hydrated with herbal tea as well. I switch between decaffeinated herbal teas and plain water throughout the day. Sometimes I drink it cold and sometimes hot, mostly depending on the weather. Decaffeinated herbal teas have additional health benefits too!
I start the day with either a cup of hot water or a cup of my Alpa Dvipa Lemon-Aid which is made from 100% organic ingredients and includes things like green rooibos, lemon verbena, and lemon peel, which provide additional antioxidants, minerals, and vitamin C.
Starting each day with with a hot cup of water or tea jump starts my digestion and detoxification and becomes a meditative process for me. I sip quietly with a candle lit as the sun comes up, before the craziness of my day has a chance to take over. The warmth awakens and refreshes me unlike anything heavy or caffeinated, creating a fresh start each and every day!