Hey hey mamas,
So today I am bringing you a little bit of health advice because I know as a busy single mom it can be hard to always take care of yourself. So as motivation to keep yourself hydrated, no matter how busy you get here are some reminders of how important it is to drink enough water.
4 Scary Things That Happen When You Don’t Drink Enough Water
As diligent Moms, we want out kids to grow up healthy, happy and well prepared for the challenges the world will bring them. If only we applied that dictum to our own lives a little more. While the life of any parent, especially a single parent is a relentless whirlwind of everyday tasks, chores, and checks, that doesn’t mean that we don’t owe it to ourselves and our children to make sure that we’re in tip-top shape. And if we look and feel great, we’ll just take that as a happy side effect.
While we all know the dangers of tobacco consumption, a sedentary lifestyle (ha, chance would be a fine thing!) a poor diet and excessive alcohol for our bodies and minds, far too few of us give the simple act of staying hydrated the respect and attention it deserves. Even the best Moms struggle when they’re not adequately hydrated, and here we’ll look at the frankly scary side effects when you don’t get enough water.
But I HATE drinking water?
A lot of people shy away from drinking water because they don’t like the taste or because other options like coffee and soda give them a better taste and a little extra zip. If you don’t like the taste it may be that you need a water filter or to switch to something flavored like this refreshing lime flavored water. Tea and coffee are okay, too in moderation but beware of sodas. They’re either loaded with empty calories or full of dangerous artificial sweeteners. There’s no substitute for good old-fashioned, crystal clear water.
Besides, here’s what happens if you don’t get enough…
You’ll look really old, really fast!
We all love that feeling when we meet a fellow parent and they say “You don’t look old enough to have a kid his/her age!”. Failing to get enough water will cause your skin to age at an accelerated rate as your skin is unable to flush out toxins as efficiently or keep itself full and plump. You’ll also be more vulnerable to conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
You’ll struggle to lose weight
Moms are an active bunch but if you’re trying to get in shape, not drinking enough water could be impeding your goals. Staying well hydrated facilitates your body’s natural fat burning and your ability to metabolize fat is nowhere near as effective when you’re running dry (literally).
You’ll feel bloated and lethargic
Given the busy lifestyle of most hectic moms, the last thing you can afford to be is low on energy. But that doesn’t mean that you should rely on caffeine or dangerous pep pills. Staying hydrated will keep you feeling fresh and alert rather than the bloated and lethargic feeling we get when dehydrated.
You’ll struggle to concentrate
Headache? Trouble concentrating? Feeling dizzy and fatigued? Your brain is 80% water and if you don’t stay hydrated there’s no way you can expect it to work properly. Don’t wait until you get thirsty to take a sip of water as by the time your brain registers thirst, you’re already dehydrated, and even mild dehydration can reduce your concentration by around 15%.
We all want our kids to stay hydrated, and how can we do that if we’re not prepared to be great role models for them?
So let’s get our drink on and feel better when trying to keep up with our crazy mom lives!
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