Thinking back over the weekend, I realized the guests we had drank no water. Requests were made for soda and juice but not water. Although juice and soda are fluids that help keep the body hydrated, water is best. According to Medical Daily, Doctors report that up to 75% of Americans are dehydrated. Think about it. When is the last time YOU had some water?
Our bodies are more than 60% water. Water insulates the brain, helps maintain body temperature, helps the body rid itself of waste and lubricates and cushions our joints. Since water does so much it is important that we keep our bodies properly hydrated. We may experience the following if we are not drinking enough water:
- Cravings for sweets
- Muscle cramps
- Fever and chills
Have you experienced any of these symptoms lately? If not, then check the color of your urine. If you are well hydrated it will be mostly clear with a slight yellow color. Noticeable color is an indication of dehydration. Please take into consideration any medication or vitamins that may also change the color of your urine.
At this point you might want to grab a glass of water but the thought of drinking plain water is not very appealing. Try adding flavor from fresh fruit such as lemons, limes or berries. A few slices of cucumber, ginger or mint leaves gives water a refreshing taste. Find what works best for you and stick to it. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water daily. Start by swapping one sugary or caffeinated beverage with a glass of water each week. This coupled with a glass of water as soon as you awake each day will help you to increase your water intake in no time.