Water is vital to health and is part of everything in our bodies. Every day we lose water in various ways and all things move along in the body with water. It is important that we stay hydrated and replenish our bodies with fresh water daily as we are not able to store it.
Drinking too much water, however, is not healthy and can create dangerous imbalances. As a general rule, you should only drink a maximum of 1 liter of water at one time, with at least an hour in between. If you notice your urine is completely colorless, this is a sure sign you are drinking too much water.
Ideally, you should be drinking approximately 8 glasses of water a day, adjusting to physical activity as necessary. It is important that you do not count coffee or other sugary drinks (which should be eliminated) as water.
Begin your day with lemon water on an empty stomach as described in a previous post. And drink another half a glass or so to rinse your teeth of the lemon water. Wait at least 30 min before eating breakfast and then drink another glass about 2 hours later. Follow the same routine before and after lunch and dinner. Additional water can be enjoyed as herbal teas throughout the day or in the evening.
If you have a physical activity routine, make sure to drink enough water appropriate to the activity. If you notice muscle cramps, you may want to add a pinch of salt to water.
If you are increasing your water intake, do so slowly. Don’t go from hardly drinking to 8 glasses in a day. You should also be urinating about the amount of water you take in during the day. Keep on eye on this if you are making a big change to your current water intake habits.
Staying well hydrated will help you function better from head to toe!