Body Talk: Water

Summer is here! The heat is on!

With the hot weather settling in it is time to remember to drink water more often. 2 cups of water in the morning on waking helps the body flush toxins and rehydrates the body. It is recommended to add lemon to your morning water for the vitamin content and to bring the pH of the body into balance. Most doctors recommend 8 cups of water per day.  In the summertime this needs to increase as our bodies sweat to keep cool in the heat.

Have you noticed headaches coming more regularly in the summer heat? Could be your body is in need of extra water. When the head aches the body is likely to be 2 cups behind in our intake of water for the day. Water is a first line of defense for headaches. When the body looses water, the blood can no longer bring enough water to the central nervous system and the brain becomes dehydrated. Without enough fluid, the brain hurts.

So try to drink 16 ounces of water before you take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Take a few minutes to relax  and breathe. It takes 10 – 15 minutes for the water to absorb and make it’s way from the stomach to the blood and into the brain. You may be surprised to find your pain has disappeared!

Are you taking early morning walks? Mid-day runs? Late afternoon bike rides? Plan on taking your body to the water fountain before you head out for an extra cup of water. When you return from your journey drink a cup of water, too. The extra water on either end of the workout will keep your body fluid filled and cooler.

So, this summer stay hydrated and be cool!


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