Fatigue, Anxiety, Irritability, Depression, Cravings, Hunger, Cramps, Headaches, Heartburn, Joint Pain, Back Pain, Constipation--- If you put any of these symptoms into Web MD (which we all know is never a good idea), the litany of illnesses that would pop up is enough to drive anyone into a tailspin. The truth is, all of these symptoms can be caused by one thing: not drinking enough water! In fact, water is the most common nutritional deficiency in the American population! What’s more, water can’t be stored in the body, it really does run right through you! So drink lots, and drink it often. Thirsty yet?
Why water is so important? It:
Answer this: How much water do you think you need? How much are you actually drinking? How many dehydrating beverages are you enjoying every day? Dehydrating beverages are: coffee, tea (depending), juices (depending), milk, caffeinated soda, beer and other alcoholic beverages.
Diuretic beverages need to be replaced with 1.5 x the amount of water. So if you drink an 8 oz cup of coffee, you need to replace it with 12 oz of water in ADDITION to your regular water intake. This can really add up! The general rule of thumb for a MINIMUM of water intake is: half of your body weight (lbs) in fluid ounces. You also need to make up your H2O intake for your diuretic beverages by adding the oz of diuretics x 1.5.
Your daily minimum water intake in ounces can be determined by:
For example: Let’s say you weigh 120 lbs and drink 2 8 oz cups of coffee per day. You will need 60 fluid ounces oz water based on your body weight, PLUS an additional 24 ounces of additional water to make up for the diuretic effect of the coffee.
Get some really good spring water. It has naturally occurring minerals and is not treated with chlorine and other chemicals.
Add some unsweetened tart cherry juice or cranberry juice to your water. Add 8oz of juice per 64 oz of water.
Drink diluted coconut water
Infuse water with your favorite herbs, like mint or lemon balm
Zest up water with slices of lemon or lime
Add a few drops of some of your favorite high quality essential oils. lemon or lime are great!
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