Hydration is one of the essential ingredients of life. We can go days, even weeks, without food. But we can only survive three days without water. In fact, up to 60% of our body is water. But do you really know how much water you drank today? You may feel like you are drinking enough liquids but chances are you are not.
The quality of our water makes a big difference to our bodies. If you are drinking tap water or even tap water that has a filter on it (like the type used in refrigerators), you are still ingesting chemicals and pollutants that is damaging essential systems in the body. Our digestive system needs clean drinking water to help filter waste out of our bodies.
Medical Daily states a constant supply of water is needed to aid in digestion because the digestive process results in our bodies losing water. Drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water can act as a digestive aid. Proper digestion makes minerals and nutrients more accessible to the body. Water is also necessary to help digest soluble fiber, which helps the bowel make well-formed, soft stools that are easy to pass.
If you have gut health issues such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or Colitis, you may need to drink more water than the average person. Some of the symptoms of IBS or Colitis, such as diarrhea and watery, loose stools, results in the loss of water.
How do you know if you have gut issues if you haven't been formally diagnosed with IBS, IBD, Chron's, Celiac or Colitis?
Does any of this sound like you?
👉Diarrhea and/or constipation
👉Bloating and gas
👉Congestion, coughing, wheezing
👉Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues
👉Headaches and migraines
👉Acne and itchy skin
👉Tired all the time
👉Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
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How much water should we drink every day when our gut is telling us something is wrong? The general rule of thumb is half our body weight in ounces every day. That may sound like a lot, especially if you aren't used to drinking water. Don't worry, your body adapts to how much water you give it.
Focusing on increasing the amount of water you drink daily will only help your gut get healthier. How do you know if you are drinking enough water? WebMD states if you are urinating every 2-4 hours, the output is light in color, and there is significant volume, then you are hydrated.
Another issue of being dehydrated is weight gain. Did you know that when we are reaching for food outside of normal meal time, most of us are really thirsty not hungry? Think about all the calories we could save if we simply stop and drink water before reaching for a snack.
LiveStrong reports that the part of our brain that is responsible for interpreting hunger versus thirst is the same. That means we are potentially getting mixed signals! Before you reach for a snack, drink a glass of water first and wait 10 minutes. If you are no longer wanting a snack, you were really thirsty not hungry.
Most people look at me odd because I carry around a large 32oz bottle of water. I like having something so big because it reminds me to keep drinking water! LiveStrong reports that by the time we feel thirsty, we are already dehydrated. That is why it is important to keep sipping water through-out the day to increase the likelihood we will become hydrated.
But you may be thinking, yuck - water. I'd rather drink anything else. Oh, and I drink coffee or tea - doesn't that count? While tea counts, coffee does not. Tea is very beneficial because it has antioxidants and pholyphenols to support good gut health.
Coffee on the other hand is not so good for our digestive system because it contains tannins. Tannins trigger the body to have bowel movements. As I mentioned earlier, eliminating waste from the body results in the loss of fluids.
Need to get hydrated but water is not your favorite thing to drink? Here are 3 Simple Ways to increase how much water you drink everyday.
1) DRINK TEA
There are so many teas on the market now - both hot and cold - that it is easy to find a flavor that you like. Plus, if you choose a flavored tea that is based on green tea or white tea, you are increasing antioxidant intake. Now you are getting two health benefits in one.
Hydration plus antioxidant activity which helps fight illness and disease. There are a variety of teas that you can buy that support a healthy digestive tract. Some of my favorites are:
Did someone say Tea Time?
2) DRINK BONE BROTH
Everyone has heard about chicken soup being the best remedy for a cold. Why? The proteins that are found in the broth from the bones simmering in water fights the illness. Bone Broth has become very popular and you can easily buy it on amazon or find it in a local grocery store. The brand Kettle & Fire uses 100% pasture raised and organic chicken bones. They even have great flavors such as Turmeric Ginger Bone Broth.
Dr. Axe reports that bone broth is very beneficial because it is nutrient dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and has properties to support good health. For example, the collagen in bone broth can help with joint pain and reducing inflammation. Also, chicken broth has amino acids which can improve digestion.
3) DRINK FRUIT OR VEGETABLE INFUSED WATER
Now, if you don't like drinking water here is an idea to make it more fun. Ever been to a gym or spa or even a hotel lobby where there fruit or vegetable infused water? Turns out these are healthier for you than plain water! And you thought it just looked pretty!
Drinking fruit or vegetable infused water doesn't have to cost a lot to make. There are a variety of water bottles that contain a holder in the middle to put fruit and veggies. Or you can use a water bottle without the container.
Add sliced cucumbers to enhance hydration or place frozen fruit in water for a burst of fruity flavor. Lemons in water are also great to enhance digestion. Once you've added the fruit or vegetables to the water, place it in the refrigerator so the flavors can meld together.
I hope you enjoyed learning about 3 simple tips for hydration. Water is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies are 60% water which means we need to replenish what we lose on a daily basis. If you are looking for one health habit to incorporate into you lifestyle, drinking more water is an easy one.
Do you think you will try to drink more water? Let me know by leaving a comment below.