Top 5 Health and Nutrition Concerns – Hydration

Going forward with a plan to be healthier this year?  I have taken the top 5 of my client’s greatest health and nutrition concerns and built you a little guide on viable options that might help.  Let’s start with the basics. Water.

“I can’t drink enough water”, “Does coffee count as water?” or “I really hate drinking water”….. You cannot imagine how often I hear these.

Why is Water So Important?

Remember grade 9 biology?  Water is the medium in which all other nutrients are found.  In a mountain stream or in our blood, minerals and other substances are always naturally present.  We need water to help with the many functions in our body: circulation, digestion, absorption, detoxification and elimination. Water carries some electrolytes, mineral salts that help convey electrical currents in the body.  Our needs for water vary and are increased due to exercise, breast feeding, stress, dieting or detoxification, illness, pain or diarrhea, altitude, heat, low humidity, alcohol, pop or caffeine consumption.   Read below for info on how to gain the positive effects of proper hydration.  (note:  I will only discuss the most basic hydration needs.  For more info on hydration specific to physical training needs you can get in touch with me personally)

Simple Strategies for Hydration…

  • Determine you water needs by dividing your body weight in pounds by 2.  This equals the number of ounces of water you need daily. ( There are 8 ounces in 1 cup) You may need more (see above)
  • Drink water between meals rather than with, as it can dilute necessary enzymes required for digestion.
  • Did you know that we often times mistake hunger for thirst?  If you are struggling to lose weight, consider that water helps you feel fuller.  Water helps in reducing the binging and snacking that creates havoc to your weight loss.  Not to mention water assists the kidneys in flushing out toxins.  If  you aren’t drinking enough water to help those kidneys, then the the kidneys have to call on the liver for help.  Since the liver’s job is to help the body metabolize stored fat in the body, then as you can imagine the liver can’t perform it’s duties and your stored fat won’t get metabolized properly.
  • Get a head start and drink BEFORE you get thirsty to keep optimal hydration in your body.  Drink 1 or 2 glasses as soon as you wake up.  1 or 2 before most meals and between.  Of course don’t forget to hydrate 30 minutes before your workout, throughout and post session.
  • By the way, caffeine, alcohol and pop absolutely do not count as water and actually dehydrate you.  Drinking coffee can drain kidney energy and overstimulate the adrenals.  If you are a consumer of any of those, keep your coffee habit to a one a day maximum, alcohol to one to two drinks max, and folks ….  trash the soda…   For every one of the above consumed, drink a glass of pure water with or afterwards.
  • Drink only filtered drinking water and if possible, avoid using “plastic water” (plastic water bottles) and unfiltered faucet water.  Many plastics used contain easily leaching chemicals and are hormone disruptors.  All public water systems contain some level of one or more unhealthful chemicals. Regulations only require periodic testing of about 90 chemicals. There are now more than 75,000 chemicals used in our society with over 1000 new ones being developed each year. Contaminant levels fluctuate throughout the year making it impossible to know the actual level of contamination in a central water system.  Possible contaminants in our drinking water are: microorganisms (bacteria, viruses and parasites), disinfectants (chlorine, chloramines), disinfectant by-products (bromates, chlorites, trihalomethanes), inorganic chemicals (solvents, pesticides, plastics, resins), radionucleotides (radium, uranium). I personally use the Aquasana Filter for my kitchen and my shower head. Aquasana’s selective filtration system uses a combination of carbon filtration, ion-exchange and sub-micron filtration.  It is a well rated water filter.  Here is a great comparison site of the best water filters. Here is a great video on the importance of water filtration for both drinking and bathing.  Check it out! Soon I’ll be posting more delicious winter recipes and talking more about such health and nutrition concerns as the power of breath, good sleep, fiber, optimum breakfasts, and plant nutrients!  Give me a shout with your own personal concerns…..                         Have an awesome weekend!   Cat
Cat Dillon

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  1. Thank-you so much for the info on water! I love Water, however, I always drink water with a meal, now after reading your article, I will drink before & after, not during!

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