Cooling down with water vital during summer months

It’s getting hotter out there, meaning now there’s more reason than ever to increase the amount of water you drink, whether you feel thirsty or not.  

Sodas, flavoured water and juices are a poor substitute for pure water. Soda is toxic for the body and the brain, so why put something so dangerous into your body or your children’s bodies?  

Water intake is essential to life and health. Research shows that people can live days without food, but not many without water.  

Our bodies are made up mostly of water and functions such as hormonal regulation, metabolism, circulation and digestion are related to adequate water intake. 

The kidneys and liver cannot function properly without enough water and their roles are related to making stored fat usable for energy and ridding the body of waste. 

Drinking water increases weight reduction and fat metabolism and also helps maintain muscle and cellular tone, giving muscles and cells their natural ability to contract and thrive. 

Water prevents dehydration and sagging skin. It also relieves fluid retention, a dangerous condition for high-blood pressure, while an inadequate intake of water can make you feel nauseous, light-headed, falsely hungry and weak. 

A standard recommendation is that we drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day. If your thirst calls for more, especially if you work outside, increase your daily intake. If you carry extra weight, you need more water than your slimmer friend. 

In my work, I often hear people complain that they don’t like water. Let the following lifestyle tips help you adjust to the healthy habit of drinking water: 

Add cucumber and fresh ginger slices to your water and keep cool in the fridge. Avoid chemical products that flavour water. Carry a water bottle with you at all times. 

Keep a water bottle handy on your desk and refill it during the day. 

Keep a glass of water at your bedside during the night. 

Start your day with two large 8oz glasses of water. 

Splash a natural sparkling water into your glass for variety. 

Make it your intention to drink water after coffee, tea and alcohol. 

 

For added information on developing a healthy eating design and lifestyle, email Donna at [email protected] 

Water intake is essential to life and health. 

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Water not only quenches thirst, but it is a crucial component to maintaining a healthy body. – PHOTO: FILE
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