As women we are up on the latest trends in food. We consume chia seeds because they were used by long-distance runners in ancient civilizations. Coconut flour helps us when we’re looking for gluten-free recipes for our friend who is coming over for lunch. Baked kale chips with sesame seeds, been there, done that.
But we’re making a mistake.
We’re missing the most important step in taking the best care of our bodies we can. We’re not drinking enough water.
You may deny it, and some of you know the signs of dehydration well enough to know to keep yourself well hydrated. But in a nation of chronically dehydrated people, chances are good that there are a few of you out there who will benefit from consuming more water.
Busy women tend to forget to drink water unless they have set up some type of system to remind them to drink water. Some people put a jug of water in the refrigerator and drink from it throughout the day. That way, by the end of the day, they know exactly how much water they have consumed.
But if you’re at work, you can’t put your big jug of water in the office refrigerator because there isn’t room. You might need a different system.
What you might want to take a moment to acquaint yourself with the signs of dehydration:
Inability to concentrate or focus
While dehydration is most common during the summer months, it can occur during the winter when we heat our homes and places of business.
How much water should we be drinking on a daily basis? It probably changes depending on your environment, but a little over two liters is a good place to start. If you constantly feel hot, you may need more water. If you are overweight, you, too, need to increase how much water you drink on a daily basis.
The very best way to determine if you are drinking enough water is to check the color of your urine. It should be approximately the color of lemonade. That is a relative light color of yellow. Anything that is darker than that indicates that you are dehydrated.
You may be surprised to know that you can count your daily coffee or tea consumption in your water count. Sure, the current belief is that anything with caffeine is dehydrating, and that is true. But if you drink a cup or two of coffee every day, then your body is used to it and the diuretic effect no longer occurs.
Focus on drinking enough water on a daily basis. The human body is not designed to hold onto water from one day to the next. Anything you don’t use will simply be eliminated the next time you go to the bathroom. So, drink water every day. Check the color of your urine. Stay hydrated for maximal health and performance.