Why We Need Water. Summer Hydration Tips

As the dog days of summer come upon us, it is so important for us to remember to drink more water.
If you start to experience symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritation, or excessive hunger – this can actually be the  effects of dehydration.
Drinking fresh, purified water will relieve these symptoms and water with nothing extra added is the best for our bodies.
The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces every day.  For example, If you weigh 15o pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water.  This may seem like a lot at first so do your best to get it all in.
The initial constancy of urination will slow as your body receives the amounts of water is needs on a regular basis.  If you absolutely must have some flavor, try  lemons, limes, cucumbers or berries.  Emergen-c is great for electrolyte replacement and can be purchased at any drug store or at Trader Joes.
Water removes toxins and hydrates all your inner organs, tissues, muscles, and helps the blood.  It even helps your spinal discs combat the gravity and compression they get everyday we are alive and moving.
Keep cool this summer by soaking your feet in cool water, or if you are out and overheated try rinsing your forearms in the coldest water you can stand for 30 to 60 seconds.  You can also place a cold compress on the back of the neck.
We can not live without it, so why not give your body the attention it needs and take a water break instead of a coffee break.  Soda, coffee, tea and alcohol are all dehydrating,   Water helps keep the body alkalized instead of acidic,  and helps us fight cancer and other diseases that love an acidic environment.
We have some really great books on water in our Kuma Library and we are always happy to lend them out.
And finally, to add a positive energetic affect to our bodies and spirit, you can bless the water you drink just like you bless the food you eat so that it is nourishing and healing for you and your body.
Happy Hydration!
Dr. Barbara Keck D.N.

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