At the risk of contradicting the advice of a beer ad slogan you might have heard, not staying thirsty can be a powerful ally in your quest for optimal health, wellness … and weight. If you are thirsty, drinking enough water throughout the day – what could be more simple! – is often a key factor in mitigating both thirst and hunger. Perhaps it might help to paste a big arrow pointing to the water dispenser on the fridge with the caption “start here” as a blatant reminder to drink enough water when you’re either hungry or thirsty … and wait a few minutes before assaulting the contents inside the fridge. 🙂
Here’s an article “How Hydration Protects Your Health This Winter” that provides tips and reminders such as these – acknowledging the body’s consistent need for enough H2O on a much-more-than-daily basis:
- even if you don’t sweat, your breath is still expelling water; you see that as ‘steam’ in freezing weather
- “… dehydration can cause exhaustion, muscle fatigue, cramps, loss of coordination and even a stroke.”
- dehydration makes one more susceptible to winter colds and influenza
- “Not drinking enough water can also make it harder to keep extra pounds off during the shorter days when we tend to exercise less and eat more.”
- If you drink coffee, caffeinated tea, beer, wine or liquor, you actually need more water, not less to balance out the effect of these other beverages, since alcohol and caffeine are diuretics.
- “Water-based foods count! Fruits and vegetables are a natural source of water, along with valuable vitamins and minerals. Soups too, of course!”
- Minimize salty foods, since these tend to increase thirst beyond what is really needed, and can be adverse in maintaining healthy blood pressure
- Drink water before exercise … during exercise … and after exercise.
- A twist of your favorite fresh citrus fruit can provide variety to your health water regimen
Want more evidence? Here is a video about “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” – Dr. Batmanghelidj, M.D.
Stay hydrated, my friend! Drink those many glasses of water daily and reap the benefits!