We hear so much about – and talk about – the need to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. Our bodies are mostly water, and we need the stuff to properly function. Muscles, thinking, blood flow, breathing, absolutely everything that goes on in our bodies needs water.
Ok. I’ll stop preaching to the choir now.
There are many ways to achieve this goal. Most of us spread it out through the day, but every once in awhile, I run across someone who decide that if the consume the 64 ounces in, say, the morning [16 ounces when they get up, 16 ounces after breakfast, 16 ounces at 10, and 16 ounces before lunch], then they’re done for the day!
What do they do at, say, 5 in the evening when they’re thirsty? Do they simply decide that they’ve had enough and that they don’t need any more water? I hope not, because they’re more than likely dehydrated at that point.
That’s because the body, in its infinite wisdom, realized earlier in the day that it was being drowned! There was more water coming in than it needed, so it got rid of the rest. The kidneys are wonderful organs, adjusting the amount of water they let pass based on whether you have enough water in your body or not.
And now, in the later afternoon and into the evening, the kidneys have sensed that the earlier oversupply is gone. It’s time for more water!
How many of us confuse thirst with hunger, so that we might eat instead of drink, thereby consuming more food than we need, and less water. So, if some of you are ‘batch drinkers’ and wondering why you don’t feel right or function right or wonder why you’re eating more than you want, or you get thirsty later, that’s the explanation.
Bottom line: sipping water throughout the day keeps your body on an even keel, and prevents dehydration. And can reduce your food intake because you’re giving your body what it NEEDS, rather than what you THINK it wants!
Once again, it’s all about balance!