North Americans are chronically dehydrated! We tend to favour diuretic drinks like coffee, hooch, and pop- which leads to a dried out human being. Diuretic means it makes you pee more than usual, so all that pee is actually water your body needs. Being dried out causes us to feel like crap all the time! Headaches, irritability, tummy aches, fatigue, poor digestion, depression, constipation, dry skin, and cracked lips are just the tip of the iceberg. The human body needs to ingest straight water every day- about 2 litres worth/ the size of a big pop bottle every 24 hours. Any less, and you can bet you’ll feel like crap in some way. Our body is made up mostly of water, and you best believe it needs replacing.
If your body is used to a lack of fresh water, it has to hang on to the water that is in the food you eat. Your body’s so messed up now, that it thinks it needs more food- so it sends messages to your brain that you’re hungry! But all it really needs is water. This is attributed as the cause of over-eating for millions and millions and millions of North American people.
The solution to this problem is glaring. Want to feel generally better in every way?
Deliberately make yourself drink a shit ton of water- on a regular basis. Especially especially especially if you’re drinking alcohol. After all, a hangover is nothing more than a severely dried out human body.
If you get into the habit of drinking 2 litres of water a day: you’ll sleep better, you’ll digest better, your skin will look nicer, no more headaches, you won’t be so grumpy, easier poopin’, you’ll lose weight, you’ll have better sex, you won’t feel so cold, you won’t overheat, and most of all- it will put you in a better mood.
BUT DON’T BUY IT. Water is free out of the tap. That’s because it’s a vital human need and right. Bottled water is nothing but a successful marketing campaign of treated tap water that wastes far too much plastic and fossil fuel. The comodification of H2O can be the human species greatest threat (and I’ve heard it already is). Get your own damn bottle and fill that bad boy with tap water. If it tastes like chlorine, get over it and just let it breathe (leave the bottle open) on the counter for a couple hours, and it will de-chlorinate itself. Rule of thumb: for every cup of coffee or booze you drink, drink double the amount of water. If you switch to green tea, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favour.
That’s what I learned thanks to the VIU nursing students who produce A Sound Constitution on CHLY! You won’t know the scope of the benefits until you try it for yourself.
VIVA LA AGUA!!