Many of us regularly dream of water. In literature and in dream interpretation, water is a powerful symbol of purity, healing, and cleansing. It is also thought to represent the subconscious and the the feminine aspects of the psyche. We dream of the ocean, which represents power, strength, life, mystery, and sometimes tears. We dream of waterfalls, a symbol of renewal; we dream or rivers, representing change, going with the flow.
Water is all around us in our daily waking lives. Given that the human body is more than 60 percent water, it is not at all surprising that thoughts of water accompany our sleep. And yet a great number of us wake feeling dehydrated each morning. This is particularly true of athletes, people who exercise regularly, and those who live at high altitudes.
Your body has been busy during the night fulfilling important functions such as cell repair, building muscle tissue, and regulating your hormones. And no matter how much water you drank the day before, it is likely you’ll wake in the morning feeling a little thirsty, especially if you are over 50. (Reaching for our morning cuppa only exacerbates this condition, as caffeine is a well-known thief of your body’s most precious resource.) “As you age, your sense of thirst lessens and the kidney isn’t able to conserve body water as well. Over the age of 50, you may feel tired and draggy rather than thirsty, and may opt for a nap instead of a tall glass of water. If you remain dehydrated, you can end up suffering complications, some of which can be serious.” (from www.johnmuirhealth.com, read more here.)
Making one simple change can in the morning change the course of your day and your health. Start your day with a glass of water! It is a healthy habit that makes you feel good and may even cause you to make healthier choices throughout the day. If you don’t like to drink plain old water, add lemon or lime (or reach for a Blossom Water!). Starting each day with a drink of water:
- flushes toxins
- fuels your metabolism
- keeps you regular, relieves constipation
- stokes up your brain – as much as 75% of your brain is made up of water, it wont function optimally without sufficient water
Mental and physical energy plummet when you’re even mildly dehydrated, why not start your day off with the health advantage of good hydration?