If you’ve ever felt dehydrated, tired, and irritable, then exhausted and overwhelmed despite ample sleep, there is most likely something going on with your hydration levels. So many women have a love-hate relationship with water. We know we should drink it but often don’t like the taste or forget about it entirely—until faced with miserable health issues. When this happens, we can feel frustrated that what seemed so simple could be causing us so much discomfort! Discovering the powerful impact of staying well-hydrated isn’t just an effective way to find relief from annoying symptoms; being conscious and intentional about our water consumption has even broader implications for our overall health journey and well-being. Let’s take a deep dive into the empowering world of hydration!
How much water?
Water makes up 60% of our bodies and is essential for our overall well-being. Water is crucial for both our bodies and our planet. Did you know that water makes up 60% of our bodies and 70% of the Earth? It’s pretty amazing! Since we are connected to the Earth and are a part of nature, it’s only logical that water is just as vital for us as it is for plants. We rely on water to stay healthy and thrive, just like plants do.
Drinking water can be really beneficial to our health and well-being. From aiding with digestion to plumping up our skin, boosting organ function, and lubricating joints, staying hydrated can have you feeling your best. And not to mention, it helps detoxify your body too.
Adequate water intake is also crucial for maintaining healthy vertebral discs, which act as cushions between each vertebra in our spine. They cushion the vertebrae and prevent them from rubbing against each other. It’s like having little shock absorbers on our backs! But here’s the interesting part: drinking water actually helps keep these discs plump and healthy. When we’re dehydrated, these discs flatten out, which can lead to stiffness and pain. Not only does dehydration affect vertebral discs, but it also causes all of the cells in your body to shrink.
So how much water do you actually need each day?
A general rule of thumb is to take your body weight and divide it by two; that’s how many ounces you need daily. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, aim for 100 ounces of water; if you weigh 100 pounds, aim for 50 ounces.
Dehydrated, are you?
So what are some signs of dehydration other than thirst?
Signs of dehydration can include constipation, headaches, lightheadedness, fatigue, dark-colored urine, muscle cramps, kidney pain, irritability, and feeling overheated.
You can check your own hydration levels with simple at-home tests, such as the “Pee test”. This is very easy, and it only involves checking the color of your urine. Ideally, you’re aiming for a light yellow to clear color.
Another is the “Skin Pinch Test”. I picked this up in medical school as a simple test to check my hydration status. Simply pinch the skin on the back of your hand and let it go. If it quickly bounces back, it’s a good sign that you’re well-hydrated. However, if the skin takes a few seconds to flatten out, it suggests dehydration, and you should drink more water. What we’re looking for is how the skin behaves. Does it stand up like a tent or bounce back and lie flat quickly?
Fun Ways to Stay Hydrated
Of course, drinking plain, filtered water is fantastic for staying hydrated. However, I’d like to explore a few other options that can not only quench our thirst but potentially provide even deeper hydration.
Coconut water, packed with electrolytes, is an excellent choice, especially during the hot summer months. It really does hydrate much more deeply than regular water. Aim for 12 ounces a day.
Another option is spa water, a mix of fruits infused in water with or without herbs. For example, try refreshing mint and strawberry-infused water by combining crushed mint leaves, sliced strawberries, and two liters of water. Let it infuse for 1–8 hours on your countertop or in the fridge. Spa water is very refreshing. You can use citrus with it as well.
Aloe water is also deeply hydrating. To make it, trim the spikes off the sides of an aloe leaf, slice the leaf open, and scoop out the gel. Blend the gel with two cups of water and about two ounces of organic grape juice for a refreshing beverage.
Hydration can be a tricky thing to navigate, but making the effort to stay hydrated is totally worth it—from increasing your energy levels, and giving your skin that extra glow to creating an overall greater sense of well-being. So if you’re thirsty for wellness, take the plunge and dive deep into the world of hydration. If you want to dive deeper into the world of natural medicine, come hang out with me at my website. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Now’s the time to prioritize self-care and make sure you’re consuming adequate amounts of water so you can take on each day with ease and grace. And don’t forget, if you need an expert guide to show you the ropes, don’t hesitate to schedule a discovery call. Here’s to staying hydrated! Cheers!
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