January 3rd, 2012
Self-care Tip#3: Drinking at least 8 glasses of water can improve your skin; decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, increase concentation…
Water makes up more than two thirds of the human body weight and without water; we would die in a few days. It is estimated that 75% of Americans have mild chronic hydration. Water serves several important purposes in our bodies. It serves as a lubricant, it forms the base for saliva, it forms the fluid that surrounds the joints, it regulates the body temperature, it helps to alleviate constipation and eliminate waste ( a natural detox) and helps to regulate our metabolism.
Did you know that the human brain is made up of 95% water, blood is 82% and lungs 90%?
The best indicator that one is drinking enough water is when urine comes out pale yellow to clear. A dark yellow color, however, is a sign your body is dehydrated and is concentrating the urine in an effort to conserve water.
Self-care for each of us is quite personal…it is important for us to get to know our body and know what our body responds to. My body needs exercise and water – I feel much better when I exercise. It naturally makes me thirsty and I can drink 8 – 10 glasses of water a day effortlessly . On such days – I feel great!!! The problem though is that unless I exercise rigorously and sweat, I don’t feel the need to drink water….and this becomes a huge problem. Not having enough water throughout the day gets me irritated and fuzzy… I know that, but it is hard to fix! I have come to realize that I am not alone – so if you are reading this, then let us consciously hydrate our bodies because it is key to disease prevention.
The amount of water needed for your body depends on your body weight, climate and activities you do. A simple rule to follow is to drink one cup of water for every 20 lbs. of weight… so if you are 160 lbs. you should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Quick fix: As part of my own self-care routine, I will put a jug of water (about 8 glasses) on my desk or at home to drink throughout the day.