If you could do one extremely simple thing that would help you keep your body in good shape, make your skin glowing and healthy, and keep you energetic all day long, you will jump to know it; Right? And what if I told you it is free and easily available, Awesome!! Right? And that super simple thing is to stay hydrated at all times with adequate water intake. You may not feel as thirsty during the winter months as you do during the summer ones, but hydration is crucial for your body to function in its optimum capacity, no matter what the weather is.
We all know what water does for us like helping flush out toxins and waste products from our body, carrying nutrients around the body, lubricating joints, regulating body temperature and digestion.
So what’s the best way to get the water we really need?
Two ways to go about it – EAT AND DRINK WATER !!
Let us talk about EAT WATER first-The intriguing concept of Eat water is given by Dr. Howard Murad.
According to Dr. Murad, associate clinic professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, “Eating your water instead of drinking it all, is good for you.”
Dr. Murad gave reasons why you should eat water;
The body retains water better when we get much of our water by eating water-rich foods. Our body absorbs water better and more slowly when we eat water-rich foods because it’s trapped in the structure of these foods and these results in our body retaining the water better in our cellular structure, which means you are super hydrated and you get:
Plump glowing skin-
Tomatoes, oranges, watermelon, apple, pear, carrot, spinach, grapefruit, blueberries, cucumber, strawberries and coconut are some water rich foods that make your skin glow.
Controls the calorie intake-
If you are just watching your weight, eating water-rich foods would not just give you the water you need but also keep you fuller for longer. Substituting water-rich foods for high-calorie foods is one effective way of reducing calorie intake and fat from your diet.
Checks the glucose level-
Consumption of water-rich vegetables like cucumber, tomato, lemon, ginger, mint, coriander, carrot, bottle gourd and pumpkin don’t let the blood glucose level rise thus keeping it under control.
EAT WATER all day in carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins, water melons, kiwis..etc to achieve super hydration. Water infused with fruits & vegetables does not qualify for eat water. It just enhances the flavour of water.
Like everything to be done in moderation, DRINK WATER also in moderation. Drinking too much water can actually deplete your body of vitamins and minerals if they are flushed out of the body too quickly. Drink moderate amounts of filtered water and count the fluids like infused water, green tea, herbal tea, buttermilk, lemon water also in your total intake.
Here I am suggesting a regime which will help you stay hydrated and you won’t become a fish either which is;
- First thing in the morning as it is like bathing your body inside, thereby providing a medium for flushing out all toxins and free radical damage caused by Alcohol, junk food and environmental pollution.
- Half an hour before every meal and two hours after meal. However not while having meals, as it dilutes the medium in which food is being digested thereby affecting digestion.
Following a water regime comes with many health benefits, some of them are:
Drinking water before meals can result in consuming less calories at those meals, which can ultimately lead to weight loss. This is because the water provides a sense of fullness, so not as much food is needed to reach the point of satiation.
Drinking water before each meal may not be the equivalent of drinking from the fountain of youth, but it sets the stomach at a neutral pH and more nutrients are absorbed from our food which certainly improves the nourishment which reflects on the skin and works as best anti aging formula.
Following a water regime keeps the brain alert and active -human brain is 85 percent water which acts like a fuel to give the brain the electrical energy for all its functions. A hydrated brain is well fueled and performs efficiently.
Keeping water regime keeps you energetic- Even slight dehydration can cause a drop in energy levels and you may feel fatigued. It makes sense as water is crucial for nearly every system of your body to function properly.
And guess what? If you are thirsty, you are probably already slightly dehydrated. Prevent this from happening by drinking water regularly throughout the day–a glass before each meal and two hours after every meal is the perfect way to stay on an energy-boost.
To conclude eat and drink water… stay super hydrated & get to your best version!!