This entire month we are looking at the role water and hydration play in your good health.
There can be many indications that you need more water. Here are some of the most common ones.
Dark urine When you have sufficient water intake, your urine is generally clear or a pale straw color. A dark color or strong smell indicates that it’s time to hydrate.
Dry skin Since skin is the largest body organ, it requires the lion’s share of the body’s water intake. Think of it as moisturizing from the inside out.
Thirst The most obvious sign that you’re already dehydrated is a feeling of being thirsty. Drink water before you feel parched.
Hunger Most people mistake a feeling of hunger as an indication to eat more, while they may simply be dehydrated. So, before you have a snack, grab a glass of water, and then see if you still want to eat.
Fatigue Water can actually give you a boost in energy. A mid-afternoon slump may be resolved with a trip to the water cooler!
Other symptoms of dehydration can include dizziness, migraine headaches, constipation, muscle cramps and stiffness, nausea, irregular blood pressure and kidney problems.
BONUS RECIPE: ROSEMARY LEMONADE
Many traditional lemonades involve slow boiling water and sugar on the stovetop. If that sounds like too much work to you, you’re in the right place. I use honey as a sweetener, thus sidestepping the need to slow-boil. The result? A clean, fresh summertime taste, with a little sophistication, compliments of the infused rosemary. Make it vegan by substituting lemon-flavored stevia (to taste) in place of the honey.
Yield: 4 servings
Whip up this easy recipe for a hydrating and refreshing drink on the deck.
4 cups purified water
1 two-inch sprig fresh rosemary
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
Boil 2 cups of water; add sprig of rosemary. Steep 8-10 minutes; remove rosemary. Add honey; stir to dissolve. Pour into 1-quart jar; add lemon juice and fill jar with cold water. Chill; adding more lemon or honey to taste. Serve over ice with additional fresh rosemary sprig as a garnish, if desired.