Chronic Dehydration is quite common even in modern societies.
It's an important issue to be considered if you're not feeling well. It can not be overstated how important it is to keep your body well-hydrated.
Yawning? Feel like you want another cup of coffee? Drink a glass of water. See how you feel in five minutes. Chances are you'll feel a lot better and can skip the extra caffeine (which can be dehydrating as a matter of fact).
Feeling anxious or "off", with no immediate cause? Drink a glass of water! No joke, try it, your mood may "magically" begin to lighten.
Do you tend to overeat? Often feelings of thirst are misunderstood as hunger, which leads to overeating. Feeing peckish? Start with a glass of water. Then wait five minutes before eating that snack you though you so desperately needed.
Water has many important functions in your body, including:
- Carrying digestive juices
- Lubricating joints, eyeballs, nasal passages, lungs & bronchi, and the intestines
- Transporting vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, hormones and glucose throughout the body
- Shock absorption for spinal cord and eyes
- Maintains body temerature through perspiration and evaporation from the lungs when hot, and helping to retain body warmth when cold
- Assists in elimination of liquid wastes by filtering through the kidneys and elimination of solid wastes by transporting them through the intestines. It is estimated that over 75% of Americans are feeling effects of some level of chronic dehydration.
Even slight dehydration can cause trouble concentrating, trouble with visual focusing, and has been shown to inhibit basic math skills.
A glass of water is a healthier way to boost your mid-afternoon energy level than a soda or a candy bar. If you're still needing something after the glass of water you'll be more inclined to choose a healthy snack (piece of fresh fruit, handful of nuts, etc..)
In the winter, since I live in a cold climate, I enjoy plenty of hot beverages to keep hydrated, plus they're comforting and cozy to sip on, in a nice earthen mug.
While we're on the subject of water, consider your source of drinking water at home and ways in which you can improve the quality of your household tap water. You want to have a good source of clean water that tastes delicious and is affordable.
I use a filtration device on my kitchen sink tap for drinking and cooking. It removes contaminants and makes the water taste so much better than straight from the tap.
Bottled water is good to have on hand too. At least to take one with you in the car if you drive a lot, or are going to be away from home for a few hours.