Hydration is really important. It's one of the keys to looking good and feeling good. If you're looking for the most effective way to hydrate your body, you should know that there are several great strategies, rather than just one. When you learn all of them, you'll be able to enjoy a little bit of welcome variety as you also do what's best for your body!
Before we share our expert tips on the best ways to hydrate your body, we'd like to talk about why hydration should always be a focus. We'll discuss its myriad benefits.
If you're not getting enough hydration, and experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day, you're missing out on the significant advantages of being well-hydrated! Eight glasses of 8 ounces each adds up to two liters. That's half a gallon. If you can remember, "eight times 8", then you've got the formula for optimal hydration.
When you are well-hydrated, you'll probably have more energy. People who don't drink enough water or other fluid each day tend to get tired. Fatigue is a symptom of dehydration. Without drinking enough, your body won't have enough fluid to spark enzymatic activities within cells. These activities are important, as they promote deep sleep, help body systems to restore themselves and assist with the production of energy.
As well, proper hydration will help to decrease blood pressure. Blood is composed of ninety-two percent water and getting enough water assists with movement of blood via arteries and veins. Optimal hydration is good for lowering blood pressure and it's good for the cardiovascular system in general.
There are so many benefits to drinking a lot of water that space constraints make it difficult to list them all here! For example, your body will be able to fight asthma and allergies more effectively when you get sufficient water. Too little water in the system leads to histamine production, which triggers asthma and allergies.
As well, your skin quality will improve when you drink enough water. Your skin can't detoxify properly if you don't! Also, you'll find that drinking plenty of pure water daily helps you to fight cholesterol production.
All of these benefits just scratch the surface. Suffice it to say that discovering the best way to hydrate your body... and then staying hydrated..will be the key to keeping your body in a healthier, more youthful state. There's no body organ or body system which won't benefit from optimal hydration!
Now, let's talk about some hydration methods which are very effective and enjoyable.
Plain water is often the best choice. Choose bottled water or purchase your own filter system, such as a Brita filter, in order to ensure that the water you drink is as pure as it can be.
Tap water is also an option. Some people don't like the taste, while others don't mind. Some people feel that tap water isn't the healthiest choice for their bodies, while others think that the "dangers" of tap water (chlorine, lead, mercury, etc.) are hyped out of all proportion.
How you get your water is a personal choice. What's most important is just drinking enough of it each day.
There's not much to say about plain water nutritionally. It has zero calories, zero carbs, zero protein and zero fats. However, it's still vital in every way! It helps other nutrients (from food and from other forms of drink) to move through the bloodstream as they should. It's also an essential part of maintaining a healthy body weight and digesting food properly.
When you drink pure water, your circulation will improve and you'll have less inflammation in your muscles and joints. Water is a simple way to detox a body every day and night.
However, water can get dull. Also, when we are working out, we may want a little more from a drink, so that we can give our body electrolytes. If you want to fuel your body with electrolytes, which help to regulate your heartbeat and assist your body with muscle contraction, a good sports drink will be a fine choice. A great sports drink is the best way to hydrate your body before, during or after a workout, although plain water is good, too!
We just discussed the benefits of electrolytes. They help athletes or everyday exercise buffs to replenish electrolytes, including potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, sodium, phosphate and calcium. These drinks do vary in quality, so choose a formula which is renowned for its ability to re-hydrate the body and deliver a host of important electrolytes.
These drinks are usually packaged in bottle form, so they are quite convenient. Each bottle typically has a sports-type cap, which may be flipped up easily when you need to take a quick drink. Bottled sports drinks come in different flavors and they do contain a lot of water, in addition to other ingredients.
For example, the most famous sports drink in the world, Gatorade, which is marketed as a thirst quencher, is composed of water, dextrose, natural flavor, sucrose, sodium chloride, mono-potassium phosphate, flavorings, colorings and citric acid.
As you can see, Gatorade does contain sugar. The company also produces Gatorade Propel Zero Powder Packets, which are single-serving powder packets that are added to water.
Lots of sports drinks are out there. If you want to skip the sugar, Gatorade makes an organic, sugar-free collection of sports drinks, called G Organic. Other best-selling sports drink brands include BodyArmor, Powerade and Mountain Dew.
Shop around, check sports drink ingredient lists and customer reviews and then choose the electrolyte-replenishing drink that is right for you. When you get in the habit of drinking these beverages, you won't lose as many essential electrolytes while you train.
Sports drinks aren't just for athletes. Anyone who is active will benefit from having them once in a while. However, pure water should also be a priority.
If you don't want refined sugar while you hydrate, but plain water gets boring, you should think about trying infused waters. You may make them or buy your own. In particular, if you want to lose weight, but don't want to drink plain water all day long, you'll find that infused waters give you more taste and prevent you from getting dehydrated.
Good for your health and so delicious, infused waters may contain fruit, veggies, herbs and spices. They may be as simple as water with fresh lemon slices added or be very elaborate. What's important is that every ingredient in infused water is pure and natural.
Those whose goal is not to dehydrate will find that infused water tastes so good that it makes getting enough fluid easy. These drinks support good health and you may create your own recipe or buy something at a store. Some shops won't carry infused waters. However, they are usually available in better grocery stores and health food stores.
It's not necessary to give up coffee if you love it. You'll just be miserable, even though coffee is dehydrating. For many people, it's one of the great pleasures of life and we think that you should indulge yourself in moderation. For example, instead of pounding back three or four cups when you get up, just have one cup of high-quality coffee and try to savor it. Then, move on to water for the rest of the day.
Tea is not dehydrating. It's a good choice for hydration and a little pick-me-up, provided that it does contain caffeine. In fact, the British Special Forces "SAS Manual", which outlines the survival tips of this elite military force, lists tea as the ideal drink for in the field, simply because it won't dehydrate as coffee does.
Herbal teas are another best way to hydrate your body. They come in so many great flavors, they are caffeine-free and you may choose teas with herbs which are renowned for their medicinal properties. For example, Chamomile Tea will help you sleep, tea with citrus will energize and tea with peppermint will soothe your stomach.
We don't recommend sodas, whether they are sugar-free or not. They are bad for a multitude of reasons. At least coffee is a natural product. Sodas just aren't!
When you stick with the drinks that we've recommended here, you'll be able to keep your body working like a well-oiled machine and you'll probably find that your energy levels skyrocket. As well, you'll begin to get the "lit from within" look which comes when a person gets the amount of water that he or she needs. Water is a health tonic, a beauty aid and something precious which is, for so many people in the world, incredibly easy to access.
So, why not use the "eight glasses by 8 ounces" rule today? When you go "eight by 8", you'll be doing something amazing for your health and your appearance!