Healthy Perspective by Colin Kirts


"Maybe I'm dehydrated?"

Could be! This indicative question seems to be very relevant as of late. Quite often, someone either volunteers the possibility of being dehydrated, or the conclusion is obvious in light of basic symptoms.  Whatever the case, it's clearly time to initiate a water-focused conversation.  In the interest of relative simplicity and readability, here is a short [first] list of "Hydration/Water Related Pointers"...

...You sweat while you sleep...
...which means, you may wake up dehydrated. If you are not consciously re-hydrating yourself shortly after getting out of bed, perhaps you would be wise to reevaluate your morning routines. What's more...

...Pasteurized Juices, "Sport Drinks" and Coffee do not help.  In fact, they may get in the way.  Pasteurized Juice and "Sport Drinks" may do nothing other than elevate your blood sugar levels, and Coffee will unfortunately aid in dehydrating you.  With regard to the Juice, if you crave it, simply make sure it is freshly squeezed, and sweetened primarily with lemon or lime. Creating a relationship with lemon juice would actually be a generally wise choice, for more reasons than basic hydration.  With regard to Coffee, simply try waiting to drink it until you've truly re-hydrated.

If you do instinctively want to drink water...
...make sure it is ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU.  "Good for you" is a knowingly vague characteristic, and, with water, it actually does seem to be this black-and-white.  In short, if you are drinking city or plastic-bottled water, mostly, or at all, you need to consider the possibility that you could be harming yourself.  The concept of being "bad for you" is admittedly a bit daunting to explain; in short, real drinking water comes directly to you from the ground.  You can still, today, drink water from the ground.  There are springs, even near us.

If collecting your own spring water isn't likely to happen, though...

...you can also find good spring water in GLASS bottles. Feel free to ask for specific recommendations on this topic.

Lastly, for now...

...remember you can maintain hydration with the food you eat throughout the day.  Fresh fruits and vegetables can be extremely hydrating.  Certain apples, pears, cucumbers, and other similar foods can be even more effective at times than water itself.

For now, let's pause.  For another time: the benefits of [ice] cold-showers/baths (WOOHOO!!!; likewise, there are dangers to showering with chlorinated water... the value of coconut water... and, everyone's favorite, ALCOHOL!!!

Until!

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