Today I woke with a headache, when or if this happens it's easy to tell yourself your just tired (which of course I could be) and then I remembered the main reason I personally get headaches especially first thing in the morning and it's that I am not hydrated! I guess I forget like others that that extra exercise, certain activity, environmental factors etc can all mean we need more water.
Everyone is different and my blog is by no means a place to diagnose medical conditions so if you are worried get yourself some professional help. But what I do know is that our bodies depend on water to survive. Our bodies are on average around 65% water. Every cell, tissue, and organ in our body needs water to work correctly. It's used for maintaining temperature, removing waste, participates in the biochemical breakdown of what we eat, helps us move nutrients needed for healthy functions around our body, even lubricating joints.
Water is lost every day when we exercise, sweat, when we are hot, urinating and even breathing to name a few. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, urinating and even breathing. If we don’t replace the water we lose we become dehydrated.
For me it shows as a headache, but it can show up as sleepiness, fatigue, hunger, confusion, dry mouth to name a few.
As we are complex and unique machines recommendations for daily water in take will vary from person to person. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day (around 8floz or 250ml each) this is a good goal.
During the miracle morning routine when I first wake up I have my first glass, I then drink my sizzling plant derived minerals in water and then a fair amount of water from a water bottle, as I'm always on the go during the day. But after consideration this morning I've decided I should monitor how much, so as I love both my Fitbit tracker and my Bullet Journal I intend to start recording my intake. That also matches my health goals.
Knowing how important water is to life has been on my mind since early part of this year. Thinking of the people who do not have access to clean drinking water, how some waste water or take it for granted and how others are out there protecting it. For Example the thousands of People in America currently peacefully protesting against oil pipe lines going across native lands and under water supply's and main rivers. When companies giving no consideration for the land or human and earth survival before profit, worldwide deforestation and protests here against fracking and building on flood plains here in UK.
So I have decided to do what I can by setting myself and family some standards and some challenges to protect and conserve water: