Let’s face it – chronic low-grade dehydration is a big problem in the United States. It is especially a problem when your patients are trying to lose weight. Ou may not be aware, but studies show that at any given time, between 20 to 35% of US adults are actively “dieting.” This means that approximately one-third of your adult patients are currently “dieting.” Because of this, having tips and hints to help them maintain proper hydration levels becomes even more important.
As a chiropractor, I know and understand the importance of maintaining proper hydration levels. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that most of my patients have no idea that water helps flush toxins, makes them feel fuller, and speeds up fat burning. These three reasons alone provide a great motive to stay hydrated. While important for overall health and well-being, maintaining proper hydration is critical for patients who are actively trying to lose weight.
Without enough water in the body, cells get congested, skin can’t detox, and the bladder and kidneys won’t work properly. You’ll feel tired and eat more too. Often, when you feel hungry, your body is really telling you that you are dehydrated. Try drinking a glass of water before you reach for a snack.
Benefits of Staying Hydrated
– Combats fatigue
– Reduces high blood pressure
– Alleviates allergies and asthma
– Makes your skin, joints, and digestive system healthier
– Flushes out unwanted bacteria from bladder and kidneys
– Slows the aging process
– Aids in circulation
– Helps regulate the body’s cooling system
If you find drinking water to be monotonous or boring, here are a few ways to liven up your hydration without adding calories:
-Fruit-flavored water(water infuser with fresh fruit-lemons, clemetines, limes, berries, etc.)
-Can add strawberries, basil, cucumber mint, ginger infusion
Article credits to Jason Strotheide, DC.