Anyone figuring out a healthy diet plan knows that water should be the number one “food” they consume every day.
You probably know it. I know it. Yet, whenever the weather suddenly becomes cold (there is no gradual temperature change in north Texas; one day, it’s 85 degrees, the next, it’s 50 with a forecast low of 28), my water consumption drops down by at least 16 ounces. I’m not hot anymore, so I don’t feel thirsty very much, so I simply forget to drink all the water that I should.
For about two days, anyway. Then my sudden inability to – a-hem - eliminate waste gives me a little hint that despite the cooler weather, I need more water.
Or should I say, because of the cooler weather. When it becomes really cold – say, below thirty degrees Fahrenheit – the air gets so dry that you need as much water as if it were 100 degrees outside! Unfortunately, many people make the same mistake I do every year…only, they don’t realize the dangers to their health and continue to get more and more dehydrated as the fall and winter continue.
If you really want to work on a healthy diet plan, don’t forget the water…even when it gets cold.
And notice I said “water.” Beverages with caffeine can actually lead to further dehydration, and don’t even get me started on the health risks posed by consuming sugary sodas and juices. Drink filtered water, and if that still doesn’t taste good enough to you add a drop of lemon or orange essential oil to every glass (consuming water with real lemon juice all day long can literally wear on your teeth and contribute to decay).
Other symptoms of dehydration
How do you know if you’re not getting enough water? Other than constipation, some of the symptoms of dehydration include:
- Yellow urine (if you’re properly hydrating it will be almost to completely clear)
- Excessive thirst/dry mouth
Another symptom, hard to peg on just one thing, is getting more frequent colds and flu. Water is a great cleanser, and if you omit it from your otherwise healthy diet, you omit one of the best boosts to immune health that nature provides.
So as you get on with your healthy diet plan, remember your eight eight-ounce glasses of water (at least!) per day. Your bowels will thank you for it.