We've all heard it before. We know we should be drinking the 8-10 glasses a day or half of our body weight in ounces of water per day. But do we actually do this? Should we? Lets take a look at the value of proper hydration and I think we'll arrive at some obvious answers to these questions.
One very apparent reason for drinking enough water is to avoid dehydration. When dehydration occurs, extra solutes can form in the blood and lymph and can permeate organs as well. This can lead to toxin buildup, blood pressure abnormalities and even the onset of infections. A state of dehydration can also bring on negative symptoms, including: poor concentration and focus, fatigue, lethargy, dizziness, headaches and overall low energy.
Adequate water consumption is essential for proper detoxification and digestive function. The kidneys, liver and intestines are key players when it comes to detoxifying the blood, producing urine and eradicating toxins from the body. Water is a catalyst to allowing these functions to work at maximum capability. Water can promote regularity when it comes to bowel movements and can help accelerate the removal of toxins from the body.
Water can also aid in weight loss due to helping us keep calories in check. Have you ever noticed that when you crave a sugary drink but opt for water instead, the intensity of the sugar craving dwindles. This ultimately allows for less calorie ingestion, and it applies to food consumption as well. For instance, drinking a glass of water before a meal can lead to better portion control tendencies while eating.
Cravings can be minimized when adequate hydration is a part of our daily routine.
Water intake can contribute to cosmetic enhancements as well. Proper hydration allows for moisturized skin and promotes better elasticity at the cellular level which means a more youthful complexion. Wrinkles are kept at bay, and this is further amplified with the ingestion of a quality collagen or bone broth supplement.
As a general rule of thumb, I'm okay with half of your body weight in ounces for a target to shoot for. Accomplishing this amount of water intake can be facilitated with the inclusion of lemon and other fruit/vegetable infusions as well as something like apple cider vinegar.
This can be a game changer on so many levels when it comes to eradicating unwanted symptoms and experiencing advancements in health. Lets witness these benefits emerge as we strive to drink enough water daily.
Dr. Seamus Allen
CFMP, DACBN, DC