- Created: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 21:28
By Wellness Coach Aja
Kidney stones. Muscle aches. Headaches. Digestive disorders. These are just some of the outcomes that can be caused by dehydration. Dehydration doesn't always mean you feel thirsty, so it is important to be aware of how much liquid you are drinking and what type of liquid you are drinking. The latter is VERY important.
Did you know coffee, and caffeinated teas and sodas actually dehydrate the body? This is because caffeine is a diuretic, which means it causes increased passing of urine. When this happens, less water is used by the body, and most of it is let out when we go to the bathroom. Sugary drinks and drinks with a lot of impurities also cause the body to put in extra work to process it, which can result in less water being used by the cells and tissues of the body.
The human body is roughly 75% water, and there are some cells in our body which are nearly 100% water! So it is very important that we stay hydrated for optimum mental and physical performance. Hydrate right by avoiding caffeine beyond one or two 8 oz cups per day. Sip pure water throughout the day, and filter impurities out of your tap water with an affordable filter system such as Pur, Britta, or other brands.
The recommendation of 8 x 8oz glasses of water per day is a starting point if you are a sedentary, light-weight person. But for the rest of us who are active and/or have larger bodies, check in with your body about how much more water it actually needs! And start your day off in a hydrated way by reaching for a glass or two of water first thing in the morning, before any coffee, tea, or juice.
Hunger, headaches, "foggy mind," and the symptoms listed at the beginning of this article can be a signal you need a couple extra glasses of (fresh, clean) water. Ask your doctor if you have questions about exact water needs for your body.