Spring is a great time to clear out the clutter in your closets and cupboards, but it’s also a great time to spring clean your diet. The single best step you can take to have a healthier spring and summer is to drink more water.
Here’s why drinking more H20 is the first step to spring clean your diet:
Water is the Most Essential Nutrient for Life
Water is necessary for all the processes in our body and is essential for efficient metabolism. More than half of your body weight is actually water, which is why you can live for weeks without food but will die within a few days without water.
You need water to keep your metabolism humming. Metabolism is how the body turns food into energy and includes the body’s natural detoxification processes via the liver and kidneys.
Staying hydrated is key to regulating body temperature, making sure you don’t overheat, especially during exercise as the temperatures start to rise. As the weather gets warmer, our bodies sweat more to regulate temperature and help cool off.
Signs of dehydration include fatigue, headaches and decreased mental functioning and dark colored urine and infrequent need to go to the bathroom. Drinking enough water intake will not only ensure you’re efficiently detoxifying waste from your body, it will improve mood, increase energy, mental clarity, and improve digestion. Drinking more water can also increase metabolism and aid in weight loss.
Five Easy Ways Up Your Water Intake
- Drink a glass of water after waking up and before going to bed
- Drink a glass of water before every meal
- Keep a water bottle to sip on throughout the day.
- Set a reminder on your phone to drink some water every hour
- Eat more water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, peaches, cucumbers, oranges, pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers and lettuce
For a more detailed explanation on how much water you should be drinking, take a look at this article: http://appforhealth.com/2017/09/how-much-water-do-you-need-2/
Source: Popkin, B., D’Anci K., Rosenberg, I. (2010). Nutr Rev. Water, Hydration and Health.
This article was written by Rita Saeed, a dietetic intern with Appetite for Health