About two weeks ago at the supermarket I bumped into a family acquaintance, a lady beefing about how her struggle with weight control was in vain. I suggested she drink more water, which, judging by her reaction, was a revolting idea. I reassured her that I too had to learn to drink more water.
Just as two-thirds of the populations in Western countries are currently not including sufficient amounts of water in their diets, neither did I use to drink water to the extent nutritional guidelines recommend.
I started to take more and more sips of water throughout the day, not only during meal times but starting from the fast before breakfast up to just before going to bed. It made sense, but it wasn’t that easy.
I could see why most people don’t take to such a good habit.
The ideal recommended daily water intake in one’s diet is 8 glasses (including water contained in foods), though that is just a guideline. Your water intake should be personalized according to your lifestyle, whereby you would drink more than the recommended amount in case of intense physical activity and/or living in a warm climate.
And what about the type of water? The purer it is, the better.
Sparkling mineral waters are OK during meals, since they ease digestion. Rich, mineralized waters should be prescribed by your doctor only for particular diets.
Try oligomineral water (also known as water with low mineral content), which can be purchased or easily obtained by simply filtering tap water at home. Water filters are available in many stores and act not only to purify tap water, but to improve its taste as well. Filters are also a good idea if you just want to be extra careful.
Oligomineral water is light and helps you maximize these benefits:
- regulate the right body temperature
- help prevent kidney stones and intestinal constipation
- keep blood pressure lowered
- help rid the body of toxins and impurities
- prevent unwanted fat gain
- keep skin healthy and hydrated
- strengthen the immune system
- aid eyesight and cerebral functionalities (your cornea and brain are 80% water!)
The easiest way to know if you’re drinking enough water is to look at the color of your urine. If you’re drinking enough water, your urine will be clear or pale yellow, not dark yellow.
Are you not getting enough?
If so, keep a filled cup or water bottle by your desk at work. Take a sip of water each hour.
If you get tired of drinking plain water, put a slice of lemon or lime in your drink.