Is water a magic cure-all? Of course not! However, since all of our bodily functions (from breathing to sweating) use and lose water, we must realize the absolute necessity of drinking enough of it. Not just beverages containing water; no, plain filtered WATER. If you substitute coffee, tea, energy drinks, alcoholic beverages, soda, or even fruit juice you’re actually speeding up dehydration and fluid loss by making your body use your precious water supply in order to deal with the alcohol, caffeine, and/or sugar that’s now in your system.
Must you keep yourself supplied with expensive bottled water? No, sadly, bottled water can also be a health risk because of the many dangerous chemicals lurking in the bottle’s plastic and in the very water itself. Filtered tap water, herbal teas without added sugar, or diluted fruit or vegetable juices are our healthiest options.
You can also increase your water intake by eating foods like fruits and veggies that contain a high percentage of water. Most importantly, listen to your body. If you feel thirsty, yet ignore the urge to grab a glass of refreshing water, you just might have earned yourself a nasty headache as a result.