Drinking water is essential for the function of every cell and organ in your body.
Your body uses water to maintain its temperature, lubricate your joints, deliver nutrients to your cells, and remove wastes.
A common health issue for many people is dehydration, which happens when you lose more water than your body takes in.
Dehydration lowers your blood volume. Your heart has to then work harder to pump the reduced amount of blood and get enough oxygen to your cells.
That’s why, if you’re dehydrated, you can feel sluggish and dull-headed.
Mild levels of dehydration can lead to headaches, constipation, imbalance in your body’s electrolytes, disruptions in mood, cognitive functioning and memory, and enhance anxiety.
Dehydration is also a risk factor for high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, as well as delirium presenting as dementia in the elderly and the very ill.
The simple cure to avoid dehydration is WATER.
If you’re ‘blah’ about the taste of water, buy yourself a glass water infusion bottle and fill it with slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, kiwi fruit or fresh berries.
Drinking plenty of water will enhance your energy and alertness, and can even help you lose weight because it increases your metabolism.
1-litre glass infusion drinking bottle.
slices of fresh strawberries.
thin slices of cucumber.
slices of lemon or lime.
chopped fresh mint leaves.
fresh ginger slices.
a stick of fresh lemongrass.
1 teaspoon of immune+.
Have fun creating your favourite water infusion flavours. There are no rules except you drink the water within 1 day.
If you’re too busy in the morning to make infused water, do it the night before and store it in the fridge ready to grab in the morning.
Start by adding 1 teaspoon of immune plus to your water bottle.
Pour a little bit of boiling water over the immune+ to release the flavours. Let it cool.
Fill your water bottle halfway with your choice of fruits, berries, or fresh herbs.
Top your bottle up with distilled or pure, filtered water.
Infuse your water for about 2 hours before drinking it.
You can reuse the same fruit in your water bottle throughout the day and add more water. But if you’re using soft fruits, like melon and strawberries, make a fresh batch when they start looking ‘mushy’ or keep your water in the fridge to avoid a buildup of bacteria.
You can also eat the fruit, although it may lack flavour when it’s been infused in water, or simply compost it.
If you are not using organic fruit, make sure you wash the fruit thoroughly to remove any toxic chemicals and harmful residues.
healthy hydration tips
Dehydration drops your energy and can lead to serious health consequences. So here are some tips to help you manage your hydration.
Drink pure water throughout the day, even if it means buying a good quality stainless steel or glass water bottle and carrying it with you wherever you go.
Limit drinks that act as diuretics and dehydrate you, such as alcohol, coffee and sugar-laden, salt-loaded or caffeinated soft drinks (soda, pop, cool-drink, carbonated).
Eat plenty of water-rich foods, such as melons, berries, oranges, apples, fruit, salads and vegetables, broths, smoothies, nut milks, fresh juices, and soup.
Hot weather and exercise means that you need to drink more to replace what is lost through perspiration.
Highly active people should drink to keep pace with their sweat loss. That means drinking water before, during the period of activity, and afterwards.
If you sweat more than usual (activity or illness) • if you suffer from a bout of gastro (diarrhoea or vomiting) • if you experience high levels of stress • your electrolyte balance can be compromised and needs to be restored.
If you buy electrolyte drinks, investigate the ingredients because some of them are just a mixture of salt, sugar, and colouring added to water, and these ingredients dehydrate rather than rehydrate your cells.
Magnesium based electrolyte mineral drinks are optimal for rehydration. Visit your naturopath, health store or local chemist for advice.
Pure, fresh coconut water is a natural rehydrating fluid for replacing lost electrolytes.
You can also make homemade electrolyte drinks with lemon and lime juice, ginger, honey and water, with a twist of Himalayan or pink lake mineral salt.
One way to make sure you are properly hydrated is to check your urine. If it’s clear, pale or straw-coloured, all is well. If your urine is darker and has a stronger odour – then grab a glass of water and rehydrate.
Make sure you stay hydrated all year round because dehydration is debilitating. Symptoms can range from a loss of energy • dry mouth • dry skin • poor concentration • headaches • cramps • dizziness • confusion • muscle weakness • poor co-ordination • heart palpitations • through to vomiting • diarrhoea • seizures • heart failure • and even death.
If you suspect you are severely dehydrated, seek medical attention immediately.