First, the amount of water we drink determines how well our brains function. That’s pretty important. If we’re even mildly dehydrated – which happens more often than we realize – we get confused, lethargic, dizzy, disoriented and lose the ability to concentrate.
What if, instead of memory-aiding or pep-up pills or mental health intervention, all we needed was a few drinks of water? Certainly would be a lot cheaper and a lot easier to access. More than likely, that’s really all you need.
Or if you have a headache, try drinking more water BEFORE downing a painkiller. You might just be surprised to find you were just dehydrated.
The amount of water we drink also determines how well our joints work. That’s important, too. If we’re mildly dehydrated, lactic acid starts accumulating in the joints inhibiting muscle movement and flexibility.
Maybe what we’ve been thinking was arthritis is simply mild dehydration. Add more water to your diet and voila – joint pains disappear.
Water in our systems makes a difference in how well our hearts function. Studies have shown that people drinking sufficient water are less likely to have heart attacks and other heart issues.
The water that is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream helps thin the blood and prevent artery-clogging clots.
Water also helps with the gastrointestinal process. Boomers hydration could make the difference in whether you’re plagued with constipation.
Water definitely helps keep things flowing along the GI tract. It eases heartburn, too.
Boomers hydration is also credited with having fewer wrinkles. Water helps skin to smooth out although there are certainly other factors at play in the wrinkling process.
Despite some folks’ scoffing at the benefits of water – including so-called experts here and there – most people in the health field agree that proper hydration is important.
Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, an Iranian doctor who died in 2004, believed and wrote numerous books about water as a miracle cure for everything from attention deficit disorder to cancer and AIDs. His claims were highly criticized by nearly everyone and clearly exaggerated.
However, he made some decent points about the benefits of water in his writings.
So, how much is enough? This is another place of disagreement. Some say let your thirst be your guide. Others protest that’s too late.
Thirst is one of the last symptoms of dehydration – there are many other earlier guides.
Most agree that the color of your urine is a decent indication of how hydrated you are. The darker (and stinkier) the urine, the less hydrated one is. Clear or light yellow is the color that we should aspire to.
Keeping in mind that Boomers hydration can come from other sources than drinking water, a consensus among many is to drink half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water each day.
Also remember to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, many of which are mostly water. About 20 percent of our water intake comes from what we eat.
But don’t count on getting much from sodas and coffee or tea. Those natural diuretics are counter-productive to hydrating your body.
The other question that comes up around our water drinking is what kind to drink – tap water, filtered water, bottled water, distilled water, alkaline water or what? And then there’s coconut water, the natural liquid that forms inside the shell of a coconut, which has received quite a bit of attention lately.
For the least expensive, easiest and minimally safest approach for Boomers hydration, seems like basic filtered tap water would work just fine. And maybe intersperse with a couple of glasses of coconut water each day.
It’s supposedly a good source of B vitamins, potassium and electrolytes, all of which are important to our health.
What kind of water do you drink? And how much each day?