By Dhriti Udeshi,
Nutrition Consultant & Fitness Trainer
There’s so much of information overload when it comes to pursuing health that often we find ourselves getting lost in the details. At times like these, going back to the basics, can often have the most profound impact on how we feel.
Case in point: hydration! “Drink enough fluids” may not be the sexiest message you read today, but it is perhaps one of the most important. Let me explain why.
- Water Helps Prevent and Relieve Constipation: Truth be told, if your day doesn’t start right – you’re going to be irritable throughout the day! Dehydration of the colon is one of the major reasons why people experience dry, pebbly stool or no stool at all for one or more days in a row.
- Water Prevents and Reduces Joint Pain: Joints are like the hinges that keep bones connected and cartilage is the smooth connective tissue between joints that cushions and helps them move easily. Water is vital to keep these joints lubricated, as well as remove waste that builds up. When water is lacking, you are more likely to experience arthritis-type pain and inflammation when moving.
- Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Healthy: Your skin is your largest body organ and is made up of about 65% water. Dehydration can result in dry, flaky and sometimes wrinkled looking skin. Many of my clients have also reported reduction in acne/inflammation with increased water intake.
My top 3 tips to help you drink more:
1) Make it tasty! Try filling a pitcher with filtered water and add your favorite fruit and/or herbs. (cucumber and mint or orange rinds and lemon are my personal favourites). Let the flavors infuse overnight or use an infuser water bottle.
2) Have a glass of water at your work desk or at home. For many, if water is out of sight, it is out of mind. Having a visual reminder can prompt you to sip throughout the day.
3) Eat more vegetables. They contain up to 80% water and are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber.