Water is the most essential nutrient our body needs!
As you probably know, your body is made up of more than half water, approximately 70% and depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly, from regulating body temperature to removing waste, lubricating joints to carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells. Water is essential for good health; it makes about 80% of your blood, ‘the Red River of Life’.
Water makes up more than half of your body weight and you lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, when you sweat, and even when you breathe. When the weather is hot or when you are physically active, you lose water even faster. Also fever, vomiting and diarrhoea can lead to rapid water loss. So your body is in constant need for water and if you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.
When you feel thirsty this is already alarm that your brain is sending to your body – You are DEHYDRATED!
Thirst isn’t the best indicator that you need to drink – if you get thirsty, you’re already dehydrated! Your body is communicating with you all the time and there are other symptoms which help to recognise when your body needs water/fluids: sleepiness or fatigue, dizziness, confusion or moody, headache, migraine, dry mouth, no tears when crying. Little or no urine or urine that is dark; pale and clear means you’re well hydrated.
By staying hydrated you help the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles so your heart doesn’t need to work so hard. When you supply enough water to your body, even your skin can look better; dehydration = premature aging!
Fresh spring water is the optimal solution however it isn’t always possible to have that so do your best and choose a way that can help to purify and energise water – filtered, mineralised or alkaline so that it’s very similar to natural spring water. Please avoid tap water, at least in London; it’s not friendly for our body, often contaminated! Coffee does not count as water, in fact coffee makes you body dehydrated and acidic!
Having said all that, drinking clean water isn’t enough to stay hydrated; your body needs minerals as well! Be aware that our body can produce certain vitamins but we need to supply minerals from outside. What’s also very important is that vitamins and minerals can only be absorbed well when balanced together so the synergy is essential!
What to drink then? One of many options is to add a pinch of salt; Himalayan salt or good quality unrefined sea salt is a great choice. Sodium helps to stay hydrated but not sodium that you find in table salt which is heavily processed, often with additives and depraved from minerals, so best is not to use table salt at all. Himalayan and sea salt provide very valuable natural minerals to help our body function correctly.
Here are some useful tips that help to stay not only hydrated but also equip your body in minerals. Make drinks/smoothies adding Himalayan sea ore sea salt, lime, aloe vera (or celery) and pear (you can also add watermelon or strawberries as sweetness or choose your favourite water based fruit). Add to your glass of water or even prepare a bottle to take with you with slices of lemon or lime, cucumber, fresh mint or ginger.
Drink about 30 minutes before you eat and allow at least about an hour or even longer after your meals; drinking during eating or shortly before or after, completely destroy the process of digesting! Be open to implement new supportive habits that are going to serve you in the best possible way and make water your best friend!
Stay Hydrated and Happy Summer!