Are you thirsty? You may have heard before that it is easy to mistake thirst for hunger and it is SO true. As I write this, I am extremely thirsty. It is so easy to go all day and not drink any water. We constantly think about food we want to eat and look forward to meal times but water can easily be off our radar. Of course, we can only survive about 3 days without water so obviously people are not dropping dead of dehydration on a regular basis in America, but health is about more than just not dying.
You may be feeling more tired lately. My question to you is: Are you well hydrated? Dehydration can make you tired. Do you crave sweets and sodas? Again: Are you well hydrated? Sometimes our bodies draw attention to thrist by craving sweets which then draw you to drink something or you may crave sodas to get extra fluid.
You may have a morning cup of coffee and a soda with lunch as many people do, but that does not keep you well hydrated. It keeps you living but not well hydrated.
If you want to FEEL good and look great, stay well hydrated! A water bottle on your desk at work may help you more than RedBull, coffee, Coke, and Prozac combined! Oh, and you don't need a sports drink such as Gatorade or Powerade unless you are doing more than 2 hours of strenuous exercise (and no, cleaning your house does not count!).
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