We all know that our bodies are mostly made up of fluids which are essentially water. Because of this, you cannot survive much longer than 3 days without drinking water. Sure you can survive for a month or two without food, but water is almost essential as breathing air. So, hydration is not something you should take lightly and you should always be thinking of drinking more water. Some will say that you should drink six to eight glasses of water every day. It is debatable if that number includes coffee, juice and other liquids because some liquids that contain caffeine can accelerate the dehydration process, so there are no exact rules to go by that all the experts agree on. What they do agree on is that you should probably drink more water than you do right now.
Here are some tips on staying hydrated from Jen Hamilton of http://oxygentraining.ca/blog/ways-to-hydrate-your-body/
1. Stop in-taking the foods which dehydrate you. Like having a barrel full of holes, if you continue to refill it with water you’ll lose more than your efforts are worth. Similarly with the body, foods that have been processed, denatured, and lack true nutrition (not added along with preservatives and sugars) are highly acidic to the body and in return create water retention to thin out toxicity, and then eventual dehydration as the body strives hard to flush out the waste. Acidic animal foods and refined junk foods only inhibit the natural regeneration that can occur when one lives healthfully.
2. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Optimal nutrition from fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes, sprouted grains, and seaweeds ensures an alkaline pH balance in the body and in effect, an oxygenated, hydrated system. To be fully healthy, this is the medium of which the human body must stay at.In contrast to #1, fresh, live foods only come with a list of health benefits. Inhibiting oxidation, balancing blood sugar, and protecting the regeneration of cell structure are just a few of the amazing benefits derived from nature’s perfect (preventative) medicines.It’s as simple to start including more fresh produce as having a smoothie every morning and a salad each evening before dinner.
4. Rest! Sleep helps your body repair. When sleeping, the body undergoes a large majority of its repair and works to reverse the effect of stressful modern day living. If you get enough sleep (7-8 hours minimum) you are doing a large service to your entire system by allowing regeneration on a cellular level, and in return a less-stressed and more alkaline body. Like eating the proper fuel, less tax on the human body means that hormone function will be in better balance, adrenals and kidneys won’t be as taxed to detoxify and remove acidic waste, and you’ll feel lighter and healthier in result.Ensure that you can get enough sleep by not eating 2-3 hours before bed, switching off all electronics in your room (as well as not watching TV right before), and mentally ‘letting go’ of all the tasks that may run rampant through your mind. Eating healthy has also been proven to promote better sleep!