Healthy Tips Part VI: Water

I was in Central Park last night at the Black Keys show.  It was in the high 80’s at 9p.m., there was a very slight breeze, and to us it felt like a cool fall day.  Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but compared to the weather we’ve been having in New York City it felt like a nice change of pace.  I can’t remember the last time we had a summer that felt this hot and this humid.  I can’t remember a day this summer I didn’t crave three times my usual intake of water.  Last night included.  As appropriate as the Blue Moon beer in a can felt in my hand, I could barely drink it.  All I wanted was a good ol’ fashion cold glass of water.

We’ve all learned about the importance of drinking water, but in the summer months, a reminder of the benefits to staying hydrated is worth a mention.

Tips:

  • Getting a sufficient daily dose of water helps organs perform their functions, keeps skin clear and hydrated, and allows physical action in the body to flow smoothly.  Those who are not drinking enough may experience poor digestion, sluggish thinking, skin breakouts, headaches, bad breath and general fatigue.
  • If the taste of plain water is unappealing, experiment to see how you can make it drinkable. Try adding a few mint leaves, a wedge of lemon, a sprig of parsley, slices of cucumber, a twist of lime or a squeeze of orange to make water more tempting.

** I like to keep cucumber and mint water in the fridge (I often go overboard with it.  All you need is about 1/4 of what I have in here).

  • To start the day right, set a large glass of water by your bed each night and drink it when you wake up. Drinking water first thing in the morning pulls out toxins from the previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead.
  • Keep a bottle of water accessible throughout the day, whether you are on the go or at a desk. Having a bottle of water close by will remind you to take a sip when thirsty. The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need. A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass.
  • If you drink most of your daily water before early evening, you most likely will not be thirsty before bed. This is good, because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom can disturb a peaceful night’s sleep.
  • Drinking tea or natural juices and eating raw fruits and vegetables contribute to the hydration process.

Just for fun, here’s a video I found from last night…

DK

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