When you are thirsty, what is your first beverage of choice – an ice cold soda, fruit juice, iced tea or coffee – or a frosty mug of beer? What if I told you that not one of these choices will actually quench your thirst – or more importantly, your body’s inner thirst for what it truly needs? It’s true. As refreshing as any of these, or a myriad of other choices might seem at the moment, they all will actually fail to replenish what your cells are crying for most – pure, clean water. There is no debating that anything else quenches thirst as well as simple, pure, clean water.
Water is essential to life itself. Every cell, every tissue, every organ in your body requires water to perform their multitude of functions that keep you alive and healthy. And, yet, most of us walk around in a constant state of dehydration. How can we expect all of the functions necessary for optimum health to take place when we constantly compromise the body’s ability to do what it needs to do by not replenishing the one most common element essential to all life? You might say, “but there is water in all of those beverages you mentioned.” True, but there are also sugars, caffeine, alcohol and chemicals that all put strain on your system and actually rob the precious water from your body’s cells. Have you ever suffered a hangover after a night of drinking alcoholic beverages? That throbbing pain in your head is the result of a dried out brain and a bloodstream full of toxins the organs don’t have enough water to help get rid of. As overly dramatic as a full-blown hangover is, it is not unlike the less dramatic, but chronic state of dehydration most of us walk around in all of the time. No wonder most folks feel lousy. Then when the only moisture our body gets is also loaded with things it doesn’t need, we may actually be creating a water deficit with every drink we take. You might not know, but alcohol is a strong chemical desiccant and actually dries out tissues, sucking the water right out of them. And caffeine in coffee, tea and sodas has a diuretic effect on our system, further robbing us of water.
So what’s a person to do? Simple – drink pure, clean, natural water as often as you can. If you don’t like plain water, try a slice of lemon in it or drink carbonated plain seltzer water (not Club Soda, which is full of sodium). If you just can’t hack water without flavor, try a splash of juice – just don’t overdo it. If you are trying to break the bottled water habit (not so great for you or the environment), put an effective water filter on your home tap source and get a refillable water bottle to carry with you everywhere you go. I always make sure I have one filled up in my car or on my bicycle. If you decide you like sparkling water, you can buy a nifty home carbonating system like the ones made by Sodastream® and make it at home whenever you want from your own filtered tap water. Here’s a link to where you can buy the Sodastream®: Sodastream Jet Starter Kit
Water is also the true fountain of youth. If you want to keep your skin from looking like wrinkled leather, make sure that you are constantly rehydrating it from the inside out. No amount of expensive moisture creams and lotions can do what drinking water regularly will do for your skin’s appearance. Have you ever known an older woman who seemingly lives on coffee, cigarettes and, maybe, wine? Ever notice how their skin looks like an old leather handbag that’s been left outdoors to dry up and crack in the sun? That may be a worst case scenario, but I have actually met a few. I’ve even met a few young women and men well on their way to the same place and looking much older than their age. Why do this to yourself? Instead, enjoy a beautiful, clear complexion with smooth, unwrinkled skin by keeping the inner layers of the skin cells hydrated with lots of pure water. It’s the most effective, yet inexpensive beauty secret in the world.
So, next time you feel thirsty, grab “the real thing” – Water!