Hello from the Land of 10,000 Lakes! I'm on vacation in Minnesota this week, and while I hope to pop in periodically, I'll mostly be attempting to move my most viewed posts from my old blog to here. Hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane! ---
This post was originally published on February 21, 2012.
Did anyone else think of this video when you saw the title of this post?
No? Just me? MK and Ashley videos are my childhood!
Jeff is always giving me a bad time because I blame just about every ailment on dehydration: bloating, acne, exhaustion, out of control hunger. I blame it on a lack of H20.
Read any health and fitness magazine and their number one health tip is to up your water intake. I LIVE by this tip--it's my favorite and SO SO SO simple! Why, you ask? Well here are a few water facts:
- The human body is is made up of between 55 and 75 percent water
- Lean people have more water in their bodies because muscle holds more water than fat
- A person would have to lose 10 percent of her body weight in fluids to be considered dehydrated, BUT as little as 2% can affect athletic performance, cause tiredness and dull critical thinking abilities << see, Jeff!
- Adequate water consumption can help lessen the chance of kidney stones, keep joints lubricated, prevent and lessen the severity of colds and flu and help prevent constipation
- Benefits of drinking water include: weight loss, headache remedy, healthier skin, increased productivity, better athletic performance, less likely to get sick, fewer cramps and sprains, fatigue relief, better mood and less risk of cancer
So, water rocks. Even so, I've met so many people who say they can't stand water. I don't understand this at all (if you are one of these people, enlighten me!) but there are definitely ways to get your body some good ol' H20 even if you can't stand the stuff.
Water is often found in massive amounts in some really great foods! Some of the best? Mung beans, apples, pumpkin, cherries, citrus fruits, cooked oats, pineapple and cucumber. The bonus of these foods is that because they are chalk full of water, they keep you feeling full longer. Sweet deal.
They just starting doing fusion water in my school's cafeteria and I LOVE it. If you can't stand plain water, try infusing it with strawberries, melon, lemon or lime (my favorite), or cucumber (also delicious). If you'd rather not chop up a lemon every time you grab a glass, my grandma chops up a few lemons into pieces and then freezes them. They're basically fruity ice cubes!
Obviously it's best to get your water as pure as possible, but don't forget that other beverages, such as milk, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate can contain water. Just be warned that some of the other ingredients can actually DEHYDRATE you.
Those Crystal Light flavor packets are a life saver if you would rather have your water taste like lemonade or kiwi-strawberry. There are some great options available, but check out the other ingridients before you buy: a lot of those packets may contain zero calories or sugar, but they may have aspartame. Yuck.
What's your go to way to stay hydrated? I have about a thousand water bottles/cups that I constantly carry! It helps that they are cute, and then I basically drink all day without even realizing it.