Hydration could be the missing link in your situation! You may think you are drinking enough water but could easily be missing out on hydrating your body well.
Just think about those plants in your house or your yard…. How easily affected are they when they are deprived of water? Very affected! And they will let you know very quickly… droopy bodies (low energy), scorched leaves (sore or achy joints), and brittle stems (dry skin). Our bodies react very much the same as those plants. Every living thing needs water to thrive!
When your body is properly hydrated, it functions in the following way:
- The digestive system can do its job, and kidneys are able to filter properly. Water is the key factor in helping us remove waste and transport nutrients to all the different areas of our body. No one wants constipation!
- The spinal cord is properly protected. Water replenishes the spinal fluid which helps keep the spinal cord healthy and cushioned. In addition to your spinal cord, water also helps protect your tissues and joints.
- With proper hydration, your body can perform at its optimal strength, power, and endurance level. Dehydration zaps your potential!
- Dehydration has been linked to obesity in several studies, which makes sense! If your body is not functioning correctly on a cellular level due to lack of water, how will its metabolism be able to do its job?!
There are so many other benefits to water, but for now, hopefully, that’s all you’ll need to get you motivated in the right direction!
How much water should you be drinking? Good question! A good rule of thumb is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces; therefore, if you weigh 200lbs., your body probably needs around 100 oz.
There are many other fluids besides water that are hydrating, which we will add as eligible for our challenge. They are…
- Infused water (water with lemon or other fruits, etc)… You can make your own or try a brand like “hint” from the store.
- Sparkling water (like Bubbly or La Croix)… I have found that these do not actually feel that hydrating to me, but if you are used to drinking sodas, then this will definitely be a step in the right direction for you!
- Herbal teas (peppermint, chamomile, etc…. choose organic when possible!)
- White or Green teas (again, choose organic when possible due to the amount of pesticides used in tea plant crops)
- Electrolyte drinks with natural sugars (FitAid)
Coffee or black teas are a diuretic; therefore, they are not considered as a hydrating option. Decaf black tea can be hydrating, but it’s worth noting that green tea has many health benefits and fat burning properties.
Also, if you are feeling overwhelmed and need more one-on-one coaching, Body Basics does offer online nutrition coaching if you are not comfortable with in-person coaching. We’d be happy to help with your goals.
In the meantime, happy drinking! Go grab that glass of water!