I would guess that for some, today’s task is the easiest. But sometimes, it’s challenging to stay hydrated. We either forget or are too busy or it’s cold outside and we don’t feel the thirst. Or maybe, we just don’t like the taste of it. I’m guilty of all except for the taste, which I love. I actually love the taste of nothing, hehe ! (If you don’t, then make your own flavored water with slices of lemon, lime, mint, cucumber, apples, strawberries or watermelon…)
Whatever our reasons or excuses, water is the most essential nutrient and we can’t survive more than a few days without it.
So today’s task is to drink at least 8 cups of water. Depending on your weight, how much you’re exercising and whether you live in a hot climate, you will need more than that.
If drinking water is not among your daily habits, start setting an hourly alarm on your phone that will nudge you to drink up from a filled glass or bottle that you keep near at all times. I have set mine already.
Benefits of water
Maintains balance of body fluids and aids in key body functions: Your body is made up of 60% water. It is essential for digestion, absorption, circulation, nutrient transport among others.
Aids in weight loss: it promotes a feeling of fullness taken before a meal plus it is calorie-free. So, substituting it for sodas, processed juices, and lattes will help you achieve your weight goals.
Helps your skin look young and glowing: Dehydrated skin loses its elasticity and appears dull and old.
Flushes out toxins: Water helps your body get rid of toxins through sweat and urination. It also reduces risk of kidney stones.
Keeps your joints lubricated: and thus helps improve their flexibility and motion.
Prevents constipation: Fiber and water are needed together to ensure proper bowel movement.
Signs of Dehydration:
- Less urination
- Dry Mouth
- Dry skin
The color of your urine is indicative of your hydration status. If it pale and clear, you’re well-hydrated. If it’s dark, you’re already dehydrated and you must drink up.
It is also important to note that alcohol does not count to your fluid needs. If any, alcohol is dehydrating. Whenever you’re drinking a glass of alcohol, it is important to follow it with a glass of water.
Of course we’re giving up soda through this challenge, but just in case you haven’t kicked the habit already, here’s an infographic showing the difference between soda and water, and then a YouTube video about the health dangers of consuming too much sugar (because that’s what we’re giving up this week, right?)