Drinking Enough Water

Healthy and balanced diets should include plenty of water. Why? Simply put, the body needs to function.
Water makes up much of the human body. Take our digestive systems for example, we need water for
digestion, absorbing nutrients, moving, and getting rid of waste products. We also need water to properly
regulate body temperature. Dehydration also impairs certain body functions. People who don’t drink enough water each day are more likely to develop kidney stones, have heart valve problems, and even increase their chances of certain cancers. Physical and mental performance can be adversely affected by even mild dehydration. Nearly every part of your body depends on water. So, get drinking!

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How much water does the body need?

The optimal amount of water depends on several factors. Depending on how much water we lose each day, we also need to adjust our intake. Since we sweat more in summer than in winter, the amount of water should also be increased on hot days. It also requires more fluid if we exercise and do sports, for instance. Those who want to detoxify the body should also drink more water. But body weight also plays a role. As a rule of thumb, adults should normally drink at least 0.5-1 ounces of water per pound of body weight per day. In order not to forget to drink, you can use special apps or set alarms on your phone to remind you of it, so you’ll always be well hydrated. 

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Water works true miracles, applied both internally and externally. It performs many tasks in the body. As a solvent and transport agent, it supplies all cells with vital substances and nutrients and ensures that metabolic products are removed and excreted. This loss of fluid, which we excrete daily through breathing, sweat and urine, needs to be replenished. After all, the body suffers from no other deficit as quickly as from a lack of fluids. This is not surprising, because every single cell needs water to perform vital functions. Poor concentration, dizziness, headache, tiredness or nausea are the first symptoms of a lack of water.

Hydrating

Especially now in the summer it is important to drink enough water: an easy way to remember is the 8×8 rule. The goal is to drink 8 x 8 oz. glasses of water every single day. The following applies: Do not drink only when thirsty! When you feel thirsty, it means your body is already dehydrated. You shouldn’t let it get that far. It’s better to get used to drink throughout the day. We also recommend drinking plenty of water to anyone who wants to lose weight and who feels hungry between meals.

If you struggle with drinking enough water consider adding a few lemon slices or berries to your water for a bit of flavor!

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The Importance of Hydration

As we enter the summer months it can be easy to forget to drink enough water throughout the day. Although there are no standard guidelines recommended by the CDC, a general rule of thumb is to aim between 6-8 glasses of water a day. This can vary though based on your body weight and activity level.

Water is important for all of your cells and organs, vital for many different functions. Among other things water helps maintain blood pressure, aids the digestive system, and cushions areas of the body such as the joints, spinal cord, and brain.

If you struggle to drink enough water try adding natural flavors such as slices of lemon, cucumber, fresh herbs such as mint, or berries (depending on what is on your plan).

Happy World Water Day !

Today is World Water Day and we have a few facts about THE elixir of life – the human body consists of about 70% water and 99% of all metabolic processes take place in an aqueous environment. Thus, it is of course necessary that our body is supplied daily with the right amount of water. Healthy adults should drink at least 30 – 35 ml of water per kilogram of body weight (1 fl.oz for 2 lbs of body weight) daily. If it is difficult for you to drink “simply” water, then spice it up with mint or lemon. It is often easier to drink warm water, since it doesn’t quench your thirst. Simmer the water for 10-15 minutes – this can help in many different ways and support your well-being. Get used to carrying a water bottle with you at all times and drinking it in small sips throughout the day. This will ensure that you will be sufficiently hydrated throughout the day.

What about Hydration?

Here’s a question for all athletes and active weekend work-out-warriors: Do you drink sports drinks? 

If all the advertisement are to believed, we’d expect incredible results from sports drinks – they are supposed to improve endurance, fitness and regeneration. They are in fact a multi-billion dollar business! We believe sports drinks are completely unnecessary! They actually contain high sugar and / or sweeteners and thus, are not good for an optimal metabolic health. We recommend: water, which is the best choice for necessary hydration – just stay away from sugary sports drinks! A healthy diet with the right amount of water supplies the body with what is needed to stay hydrated and healthy. 

Of course … there is always a place for enhanced nutrition especially for professional athletes and those in endurance events. But then, choose a high quality product and tailored to the athleticism. For everyday activity and exercise, water is simply the best hydration!

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Reasons for healthy nutrition: Fewer sick leaves due to diet-related diseases or deficiency symptoms

Especially in our school children, a lack of ability to concentrate is being observed more and more frequently. Even when it comes to brain performance, healthy eating is the keyword. No sugar and white flour products, healthy fats, high-quality protein, a large portion of vital food and plenty of drinking water – this is the optimal brain-food, which increases the ability to concentrate.

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