It's hard to drink all that water
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
8 cups is a lot. If I don't start early and keep at it, I get to the evening and try to squeeze it all in....of course, that's a bad idea because than I have interrupted sleep. I feel so different if I drink 8 cups throughout the day. I think better, I eat less and I feel more alive when I stay hydrated all day. With my mobility challenge, I'm not working up a good sweat, but when I did - water was critical. It's extremely important to my quality of experience even if I don't work up a sweat. I read we can only absorb about a liter every 40 minutes. Our endurance drops 50% when we are low on hydration. Our oxygen uptake reduces by 25%. That's why I can't think straight and feel tired when I don't drink enough. The body depends on water for everything, we are mostly water, digestion and metabolism are greatly influenced by how hydrated we are. If I enter a meal hydrated, I eat less and digest it better. It's recommended we start the day with a big drink of water because we awaken somewhat dehydrated. I just have to get better at filling up earlier in the day. Then I have to remember my water bottle, I really mess up when I run errands. It's a cascading affect, I run around, get thirsty, get stressed, can't think straight, run out of energy, get home - it's late.... I'll have to work on that. I want a better quality of life. From what I read, hydration can be a big difference. Especially as I lose weight and melt fat that contains stored toxins - without water to dilute the toxins and carry them out, they are more likely to make me cranky and negatively affect my health. Nasty toxins are stored in fat. That's why I get headaches as I lose weight.