Do you know how to tell if you’re dehydrated? Maybe your lips get dry … Maybe you feel a headache coming on. These can be sure signs of dehydration, but there’s a lot more going on in your body behind the scenes.
According to an article in Everyday Health, every cell in our bodies needs water to function. Water replenishes the discs in our spines and the synovial fluid in our joints. When we’re not getting enough water, our bodies suffer. The good news is, we can prevent this! In fact, it’s probably the easiest form of preventative medicine there is. Drinking eight (8oz.) glasses of water each day is often recommended. Why not get as close to this as you can?
We know this isn’t always easy. That’s why we created these 4 tricks:
1. Spruce it Up
While you’re outside watering your plants, pluck a few leaves off of your favorite herb … Maybe some Lemon Verbena or Mint. (If you don’t garden, buy your favorite herb from the grocery store.) Then get yourself a fancy glass, drop some leaves in, add some ice, and pour yourself a nice glass of water. Read this Atlantic Institute blog post to find out how you can really “spruce” things up.
2. Set Your Intention
In The Hidden Messages in Water, Dr. Masaru Emoto writes that water molecules change shape based on the thoughts and words that are directed at them. Try getting present with your next glass of water and set an intention. Imagine the water molecules crystallizing, then drink it.
3. Create an Experiment
Turn drinking water into an experiment. Drink a tall glass of water every morning after you wake up, and see if you notice a difference in how you feel. If you really want to go the distance, write down how you feel before and after in a journal.
4. Add Some Flavor
Squeeze a little lemon juice into your water for some added flavor and Vitamin C, or brew up a cup of your favorite herbal tea. These concoctions certainly count when it comes to water intake!
Drink water. Get massage. Your body will thank you. You’ll thank yourself.
Garner, D. (2005, March 13). Inside the list. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/13/books/review/inside-the-list.html
Laskey, J. (2015, February 16). The Health Benefits of Water. Retrieved from https://www.everydayhealth.com/water-health/water-body-health.aspx