You know how important water is. You know you are suppose to get your 8 glasses a day. After all water helps in digestion,it promotes elimination, aids in the absorption and transportation of nutrients, circulation, creation of saliva, and maintenance of body temperature. And it is one of the most important ingredients in a detox or cleanse.
So how do you know if you are drinking enough water? First, pay attention to how much you are drinking and what you are drinking throughout the day. Second, your urine is a great indicator. If it is dark in colour you need more water. Constant dehydration can lead to chronic dehydration and that can lead to migraines, lack of energy, painful joints and insomnia.
Did you also know that water is also essential for sleep? Water is important in the creation of Adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Biologists consider ATP to be the energy currency of life. ATP is found in cytoplasm and nucleoplasm of every cell. ATP is a high-energy molecule. ATP stores the energy we need to do just about everything, including sleeping. A low water environment means inadequate energy production and less efficient metabolism.
So how do you ensure you get 8 glasses a day, when you really don’t enjoy drinking water? Naturally flavored waters like mint with lemon or watermelon and jalapeno, fresh juices with no added sugar or salt, (see our recipe page for some ideas) and veggies and fruit are your best choices. All fruits are high in water content and cucumbers, celery, radishes and tomatoes are just a few of the vegetables that have a higher water content. Also decaffeinated organic teas are a great choice to keep you hydrated and healthy!!
So be sure to drink up and enjoy!