Are You Feeling A Little Thirsty?
Date Posted:30 September 2014
This week we look at how adequate fluid intake is vital for your body's health and your daily energy and clarity. Do you find it easy to get the prescribed 2 litres of fluid a day for women and 3 litres a day for men?
The body is made up of about 60-70% water for men and 55-65% for women. Women have a higher body fat percentage than men, which accounts for their lower water percentage. Even 1-2% dehydration can cause physical and mental tiredness and everything can seem harder.
Your body uses water to…
- Aid breathing and digestion
- Transport nutrients around the body
- Help pass electrical messages around your body
- Reduce the effects of overactive bladder, such as frequency and urgency to pass urine. Restricting fluid intake concentrates urine which can irritate the bladder, further increasing frequency and urgency
- Help prevent urinary tract infections
- Prevent constipation
- Maintain blood pressure
- Keep the mind working well by improving concentration, memory and alertness
- Moisturise the skin, which in turn makes a person less prone to damage from knocks and bumps
- Keep the mouth and nasal passages moist and healthy
Sometimes it can be quite a challenge and if one is sweating either from exercising, being in a hot climate or from high fever when ill, then you need to drink even more than the daily average. It’s important to have some tasty and fun drinks to keep your daily quota up!
Ways To Drink More Water
Here is our easy 3 step plan to help you get your daily fluid intake
Step 1 Start the day with a glass of fresh water
Add a slice of lemon or lime for a refreshing start to your day
Or add the juice of a lime or the juice of ½ a lemon to lukewarm water with a pinch or two of turmeric and ginger and 1 tsp of honey (Important: water must be only lukewarm if adding honey)
Wake up your mind and body with a stimulating Kapha tea. Not for the faint hearted, this herbal zinger is both refreshing and energizing
Step 2 After Meals
After meals take a cup of Rajas Cup to aid digestion and reduce cravings. Rajas cup is a popular coffee alternative (caffeine-free) and potent anti-oxidant for strength and overall wellbeing
Step 3 Sip regularly through out the day
Take sips of water or herbal teas every 30-60 minutes through the day. We suggest gentle “irrigation” over the course of the day works best.
Use a water bottle or thermos flask and take your drinks at room temperature, warm or hot, as you desire.
Choose from the list below for tasty options:
Pitta Tea Organic Fragrant rose petals combine with spices to help cool mind, body.
Kapha Tea Organic Feeling sluggish or heavy? This is a spicy, stimulating tea.
Vata Tea Organic Sweet soothing choice helps restore balance when life gets too hectic.
Be Trim Tea Helps reduce food cravings. Sip 2-3 cups through the day to help balance fat, sugar cravings and support metabolism.
http://www.getbalance.co.nz/tranquilitea.html Helps calm mind and emotions so you remain unruffled and yet decisive. Good booster of memory and mental sharpness.
Worry Free Tea Formulated to help stabilize the emotions, calm the mind and soothe frayed nerves
Raja’s Cup Our popular coffee alternative (caffeine-free) for strength and overall well-being; a potent anti-oxidant.
Smooth Cycle Tea Helps balance female hormones and emotions to support a comfortable menstrual cycle.
Golden Transition Tea Delicious herbal blend to support balance before and during menopause; natural & caffeine free.
Slumber Time Tea Soothing herbal tea to start you relaxing prior to bedtime. Helps to calm an active mind to aid sleep.
Sniffle Free Tea Great for when you have a sniffle or congestion. Restore balance to the respiratory system and boost your resistance all in one.
Wishing you the bliss of balance along with a healthy fluid balance this week.
PS Keep a lookout for next weeks article with 3 tasty drinks….
Ginger Apple Treat, Spicy Apple Juice and Spiced Milk with Almond
Wishing you the bliss of balance,
|Linda Sinden has been a practising Maharishi Ayurveda Consultant since 1990 and is a regular contributor to our weekly Insights. She has a practice in Auckland, New Zealand and also provides phone or Skype sessions for those who need assistance, but don’t have a consultant in their vicinity. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Skype: Linda.Sinden Mobile: +64 212237525|