Hydrate to stay healthy

The Thanksgiving feasting is behind us but there is still the Christmas feasting to come. In the party season it is easy to 'forget' to drink as much water as we usually do but this can lead to bloating - the last thing you want when you are trying to fit into your party clothes!  This happens because when your body is low on fluid, it will try to hold onto water.

Some of the foods we eat contribute to dehydration too, especially salty foods. Sugary foods are dehydrating too and this is why you may experience a dehydration headache after eating sugary foods. There are plenty of sugar-free desserts on this blog so you need not feel deprived. 

Not all drinks are hydrating either.  Alcohol especially dehydrates but strong coffee may also dehydrate because of its caffeine content.

Other symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, dizziness, even fainting.  If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  You need more fluids in hot weather and before, during and after exercise.  If you do not have enough to drink when exercising, you may not be able to control your body temperature so well (you need fluid to sweat which cools the body)  

The benefits of staying hydrated are many.  It is better for your cardio-vascular health because your heart has to work hard to pump your blood around your body if the volume is reduced.   Staying hydrated also helps prevent constipation and helps remove toxins from your body. Staying hydrated is important for your immunity also - an important consideration at this time of year.

Beautywise, staying hydrated helps you maintain your skin's elasticity and combined with a well-balanced diet staying hydrated will also help prevent dark circles under your eyes.  

The best way to stay hydrated is by sipping water throughout the day - eight glasses of water is usually the recommended intake but this can vary greatly with activity etc.  Herbal teas are also a good way to take your fluids but some foods also provide a great deal of water including celery, melon,  tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce etc.

Keep a jug of (preferably filtered) water in the fridge - a slice or two of lemon in it is nice. 

Stay hydrated, stay well.

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