What on earth do I mean by Eating Up to Drink Up? Our bodies are made up of 60-70% water and this water is used for ALL major bodily functions. Without sufficient water to hydrate us, we start to age more rapidly and lose our ability to flush out toxins for our bodies as it was designed to. Here are some rather compelling reasons to increase your daily water from The Heart MD Institute, Dr. Stephen Sinatra:
- The elderly have low water reserves compared to younger people. Because of this, it is prudent for seniors to learn to get into the water drinking habit more.
- Body water loss through sweat is an inherent cooling mechanism in hot weather and during physical activity. Sweat loss needs to be compensated for with fluid intake.
- Dehydration can influence cognition and even a mild level can disrupt mood, concentration, alertness, and short-term memory in children, young adults, and the elderly.
- Constipation has a number of causes, including medications, inadequate fiber, poor diet, and illness. In the elderly, however, those who consume the least amount of fluid have over twice the frequency of constipation compared to those consuming the most.
- Your kidneys have a primary role in regulating water balance and blood pressure as well as removing waste from the blood stream and excreting it through the urine. Water is necessary for the filtration of waste.
- Dehydration can lead to headaches, including migraine, and in the case of water-induced headache, drinking water often provides relief within 30 minutes to 3 hours.
- Good water intake reduces the risk of developing stones in the urinary tract (kidneys, bladder, and urethra).
In addition to drinking water, you can help by adding in fruits and vegetables with high water content; which can add about 20% to your daily intact. YES, I can eat and drink at the same time that works for me! Ah but which fruit and vegetables (F&V) do I need to eat more of, and by more how much more. Its a safe bet you can increase your water consumption by either ensuring you get 7 servers (7 cups) of veggies and 2 serves (2 cups) of fruit per day. Here are MY top choices, they are F&V with 90-96% water content to help you #eattodrink:
celery, cucumbers, radishes, zucchini, cherry and grape tomatoes, capsicum (bell pepper), leafy greens like spinach/cabbage/and lettuces,
cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries and watermelon
So go on eat your fruit and vegetables add even more water to your daily routine! Eat up to Drink up water, so simple. #simplysimple2017 #eattodrink