Dennis Newhook, RMT & CYT
Commit to drinking water! Water aids in the transport of nutrients, detoxification, lubrication and cushioning. It maintains blood volume and aids in temperature regulation. It is the single most indispensable nutrient by far! Water makes up about 60% of the body’s weight and we begin to show signs of early dehydration (thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, etc.) as soon as that figure begins to drop. I find it helpful to fill a 1-litre container that I can use throughout the day to better monitor my intake. Seeing that container go down motivates me to keep drinking! The visual goal really helps.
Like any new lifestyle change, it is best to start small: if you aren’t drinking any water, try for just a glass in the morning and one in the afternoon; gradually increase your intake each day. Not sure how much water you really need? While your activity level, environment (temperature and humidity), and diet (including other beverages) all affect your required intake, most professionals agree that 2-litres/day is a good goal for healthy, active adults.
Here are a few suggestions if you struggle getting the water you need: try adding slices of citrus fruit (lemon, lime, or orange), cucumber, pineapple, or even mint leaves if you need a hint of flavour; start early – have your first glass before breakfast; if the taste of chlorine bothers you, let your water sit in a pitcher – the chlorine will evaporate; avoid storing your water in plastic containers – stainless steel or glass is best; be sure to regularly wash reusable bottles.