Food Focus: Water

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Most of us are aware of the importance of drinking enough water. Getting our daily dose of water helps our organs perform their functions, keeps our skin clear and hydrated, and allows physical action in our bodies to flow smoothly. Even with this knowledge, it can still be challenging to drink all the water our bodies deserve daily. In the summer, when we tend to play hard, sweat and spend prolonged time in the sun, drinking plenty of water is critical. Those who are not drinking enough may experience poor digestion, sluggish thinking, skin breakouts, headaches, bad breath and general fatigue.

To start your day right, set a large glass of water by your bed each night and drink it when you wake up. Drinking water first thing in the morning (or at Suhoor time when fasting) pulls out toxins from the previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead.  When not fasting, it’s a good idea to keep a bottle of water accessible throughout the day whether you are on the go or at a desk. Having a bottle of water close by will remind you to take a sip when thirsty. The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need.  A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass. If you drink most of your daily water earlier in the day, you most likely will not be thirsty right before bed. This is good, because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom disturbs your peaceful night’s sleep.  So, try to get your fluids in as early as possible.

What about quality? Click here to read my article on water to find out what I think is the best water. Try adding a few mint leaves, a wedge of lemon, a sprig of parsley, slices of cucumber, a twist of lime or a squeeze of orange to make water more tempting, or to jazz up your routine. Also, drinking herbal tea or fresh juice and eating raw fruits and vegetables contribute to the hydration process. So, splash in the waves, swim in the sun, drink plenty of water and enjoy the summer fun!

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