The Importance of Staying Hydrated In Times of Stress

Water is more imperative to our health than most are aware of. Through advertisements pushing soda, coffee, alcohol, energy drinks and other sugar-laden beverages, along with the lack of education about the many chemical roles of water, we are lead to believe that drinking water isn't quite as essential as it truly is. Especially when it comes to stress, it's necessary to frequently remind the body that it has access to water. When the body is stressed, whether it be from imminent danger or daily life stressors, the body responds as if it may need to preserve water stores. This means the body goes into something called water rationing, where the supply of water to certain organs becomes restricted, especially the ones that don't need to respond to immediate physical danger. If this goes on long term without staying adequately hydrated, it can lead to many different health issues. By taking a sip of water every half hour or so, it signals to the body that there is access to water, and therefore no need to ration. Right now, more than ever, stress is at an all-time high. It's important to stay hydrated as it is one of the many factors that keep not only our immune systems functioning optimally but also our brains and hearts, along with all of our other organs and countless other vital functions. I know for many, making the switch from the flavourful sips we've grown accustomed to can be a challenge. And for some, it can be difficult to remember to stop and hydrate in between a jam-packed schedule or when caring for loved ones. So, here are my five favourite ways to drink more water every day. They may seem simple, and you may have heard them before, but combined with the will to improve and support your health, they do work!

5 Ways to Drink More Water

1. Start each morning with a mug of warm lemon water

2. Drink 8oz of water before each meal

3. Switch it up with some herbal teas (that aren't diuretics)

4. Add some flavour by squeezing in some fresh citrus juice, or add berries, cucumber,sprigs of lemongrass, or anything else your heart desires

5. Set a reminder every half-hour (or whatever timing works for you) to have a sip

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay hydrated!

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