Water Is So Crucial To Our Bodies But I Hate It

Hate to drink water How can one of the most basic needs of the human body be something that you hate? Water is so crucial to our bodies but I hate it, I’m not sure why but, “I just hate drinking water!” Almost from the first sip in the morning my body starts feeling water logged, I feel bloated by lunch time and exhausted from the effort to down more before bedtime.

Approximately 60 percent of our weight is water and without water our bodies stop functioning properly. Water is crucial to our bodies and is used to transport oxygen, glucose and fat to our muscles, water helps in the detoxification of our organs, it helps to regulate body temperature and of course it helps in the elimination of waste.

There are many theories about the required amounts of water that we need to drink in a day to maintain a healthy body and since everyone is different we see a variety of daily amounts differing from person to person. The amounts varies on an average from about 104 ounces for men down to 72 ounces for women and increasing these amount when you exercise or live in hot climates.

After having bariatric surgery I knew that water would be the crucial key to continual and rapid weight loss so I had to start finding ways to make water my drink of choice or find other healthy way to get water into my system. I have included these two ways that have helped get more water into my daily lifestyle.

1) I started including high water content fruits and vegetable into my diet by juicing them and eating them raw. Along with the healthy benefits of water in Fruits and Vegetables they also provide nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fibers and protein.

Fruits are like having dessert and a party in my mouth so I searched out the highest water content fruits and try to include 2-3 of them daily, this is a win-win for our bodies! Watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit and melons all have over 92 percent water content and peaches, pineapple, raspberries, oranges and blueberries are all between 85-90 percent.

Some of my favorite high water veggies have included cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, celery, spinach, cabbage and zucchini. Whether I eat them raw in salads or blend them into my own V8 styled juice they pack as much as 90-96 percent water.

Just think one-two glasses juiced during the day and a salad made with fruits and veggies and you have just reduced the number of glasses of dreaded plain water needed.

2)Since giving up all carbonated drinks over a year ago and not wanting to use artificial sweeteners in my drinks I had to find non-calorie, non-sweetened water. Of course the first was easy, I drank teas both hot and cold. Leaf teas like black, green, white, and red rooibos (Southern African tea) also herbals like peppermint and Indian Chai.

But even tea sometimes gets old and that when I went back to a pure product that I was drinking years ago that flavors water, True Citrus. They have all kinds of true citrus products that have been crystallized, lemon, lime, orange and more.

I still hate to drink glass after glass of water but now I have options of how to rehydrate my body and keep it healthy.