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6 Reasons To Stay Hydrated

July 21, 2021

There are so many reasons why staying properly hydrated is important for your body and life. For instance, you make better decisions when you’re hydrated - that’s pretty essential. From being able to think clearly, to cleaning out toxins from your body that could cause disease, to having great sex.

Counting your cups of water every day doesn’t necessarily sound fun, it sounds monotonous. Guess what - you can multitask when it comes to getting your daily water intake. From adding in superfoods, to eating water-rich fruits and veggies, to even IV hydration. In this blog, we’re going to clarify and simplify your hydration efforts.

 

6 reasons to stay hydrated

 

CLARIFYING HYDRATION: 

One way to stay motivated to stay hydrated, is to understand the way your body uses water every day. Here is some interesting research! 

Water is a macronutrient

1. Electrolytes - 

Electrolytes are chemicals that enable the flow of electrical signals throughout the body. Electrolytes aid in several body functions including the following : control fluid balance, move nutrients into your cells, flush waste out of your cells, rebuild damaged tissue, and maintain the correct acidity of your blood pH. 

2. Your Brain Health -

Your brain is strongly influenced by your hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration can impair many aspects of the brain, including impaired mood and concentration. Without proper hydration, our brain works harder than normal to complete engaging tasks. Water keeps your brain cells active and balances chemical processes. Your brain is 80% water. When you are hungover your brain is dehydrated, shrunken down, and it is bouncing around inside of your skull. 

Being hydrated benefits your brain in ways including mental clarity, ability to focus, and balanced mood. 

3. Detoxing -

According to traditional Chinese medicine, the kidneys and bladder regulate the fluids in our bodies that help with the detoxifying process. The kidneys are responsible for removing excess hormones, vitamins, minerals, and foreign toxins such as chemicals and food additives. 

4. Weight Loss -

Drinking water is extremely beneficial for weight loss. Water intake helps with flushing out toxins from the body and gives your metabolism a boost. Water is calorie-free, suppresses appetite when consumed before meals, and can even help burn calories. Try replacing your sugary drinks with water for weight loss and amazing health benefits.

Have you tried adding Just Add Water® to your water to help you feel both full and full of nutrients? This could be a major help to your weight loss efforts and cravings. 

5. Hormonal Balance - 

Drinking enough water is important for balancing hormones in both women and mens' bodies. When you are even mildly dehydrated, your adrenal glands produce excess cortisol which damages your hormonal balance. When you are properly hydrated, it frees up your kidney to secrete endocrine and remove waste. 

Your liver metabolizes toxins in your body from the environment, pesticides on the food you eat, and even excess estrogen between the hours of 3 pm and 3 am. If you're not drinking enough water to remove all of that from your body in a bowel movement, the hormones can be reabsorbed into your bloodstream. 

When it comes to women's reproductive health, drinking enough water ensures that the uterine lining has a strong enough blood supply for implantation of a fertilized egg, and it also helps create healthy cervical mucus. Hydration is vital to egg health in that the follicles are essentially water-filled sacs that need to stay hydrated for chromosomal health. 

6. Gut Health - 

Constipation, bloating, bad breath, brain fog, tiredness, and stomach ulcers are all related to dehydration. Drinking water helps your body produce digestive acids, helps your body move and digest foods as it moves through your digestive tract, and helps detox harmful toxins. Your gut and brain communicate through a system called the gut-brain axis, and any type of disruptive, sugar-loving bacteria in your microbiome will send signals to your brain. By staying hydrated, you can help your microbiome stay healthy! 

Water and brain health

 

SIMPLIFYING HYDRATION: 

Just Add Water®. Every day. 

Boost your water with  superfood nutrition - try Just Add Water® as part of your daily self-care, and make it part of your hydration routine. 

WATER RICH FOODS/ FOODS THAT REPLENISH ELECTROLYTES -  

  • Spinach 
  • Kale
  • Avocados 
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes 
  • Beans
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Tomatoes 

Water rich foods

 

 

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF DEHYDRATION:

Dehydration affects our bodies in many ways that can deter us from our goals or being the best version of ourselves. 

Some of the warning signs that could be due to not drinking enough water or having water-based foods include : 

  1. Lack of Cleansing or Detoxification
  2. Headaches
  3. Lethargic
  4. Dry Skin
  5. Brain Fog
  6. Weight Gain
  7. Weakened Immune Response
  8. Easily Catching Colds
  9. Sleep Issues

Warning Signs of dehydration

In Closing : 

Staying properly hydrated every day by drinking 1 oz per lb of body weight or combining you water with water-rich foods will allow your body to function at its best. From the moment you wake up, start your day with a glass of lemon water and your morning routine. Stay hydrated during the day by carrying a glass or BPA free water bottle with you! Bring a glass of water with you to bed too!  





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