Water and Diabetes - How To Drink More Easily!
When’s the last time you drank at least 8 glasses of water in a day?
If you tell me “just yesterday” or “recently”, then good for you!
But if your answer is “never”, then I think we have a little problem.
For those who have Type 2 diabetes, drinking a good amount of water and staying hydrated is even more important than for those who don’t have this condition.
You don’t just drink water to quench that thirst, but you do it to support your vital organs such as the liver and the kidneys from handling the heavy load they’re trying to keep up with.
See, folks with diabetes are at a higher risk of dehydration because their blood sugar or glucose is high up the normal range - and that makes them fluid-depleted too easily. So the kidneys have to to pass the excess blood glucose out in the urine. And of course, it requires water to make that happen.
To put it simply, the more elevated your blood glucose is, the more water you need to drink. And if you get thirsty too often, you really have to drink up and not make things much worse to your kidneys.
But how much water is too much?
I would say that you can never have too much water whether you’re diabetic or not. Water is always a good thing, but Type 2 diabetes water intake should be even higher considering the extra work your vital organs are doing to keep the elimination and absorption process of your body in check.
Does Drinking Water Lower Blood Sugar Levels?
Maybe you’re wondering if all you need to do is to keep drinking, and that would pretty much get the numbers down, as far as your blood sugar level is concerned.
So how does water affect your blood sugar levels?
Let’s start by saying that your kidneys work day in and day out to flush out your excess sugar through your urine. The more water you drink, the greater support you’re giving your kidneys in flushing glucose out of your blood. Which is why staying hydrated even if you’re not exactly feeling thirsty is an excellent habit.
It’s also why water therapy for diabetes patients makes sense considering the positive impact of water on your blood sugar and overall health. Aside from too much glucose, there are toxins in your body that simply need to be flushed out of your system. The most efficient way to do this is through your urine, which makes it logical that you drink to support the excretion of toxic materials more properly.
Get Into the Water Habit
How much water should a diabetic drink daily?
“They” say you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Really? What if you are 100 pounds or 200 or 300…still apply? Sounds like a broad brush approach…standard medical practice of today…one size fits all and everyone is the same and everyone reacts the same. WRONG!
Just like anything in life, water can be overdone.
When that happens and a person consumes about twice the amount for their body’s needs a weird thing happens: they get MORE thirsty! Why? The base level of electrolytes are literally being washed away.
Finally, in the last stages of trying to satisfy thirst created this way, death can follow from water poisoning…they merely drown in their own skin!
Let’s just say water is necessary.
Doctors prescribe that we drink half your body’s weight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 pounds, then that would mean 100 ounces of water. I would say it should be a little over 12 glasses of water per day.
Sounds like a lot?
Not really. But not many of us do that kind of thing, right? I guess on a good day, some folks down about 4 glasses, others maybe 5. Still not anywhere the right amount, unless what you’re drinking is really half your weight in ounces.
So how can you get into the habit when you’re not used to drinking that much?
I want you start taking note of how much you’re drinking in a day. Maybe get a pitcher that can hold the amount of water half your body’s weight in ounces and challenge yourself to finish it up daily. You really have to start keeping track of your water intake, otherwise, things can go downhill if you continue with that habit of not drinking enough.
If you think plain water tastes bad, or it’s just not your thing, then do anything to make it more interesting for you. Maybe squeeze some lemon to it, or slice up a lemon and toss it into your pitcher of water, add some sprigs of mint leaves, maybe even thin slices of cucumber for that extra flavor.
When you’re out mowing the lawn, doing some gardening, or just soaking up some sun by the pool, have a bottle of water with you and sip it up to cool off and rehydrate.
So, you simply add a little each day till you are no longer thirsty. Let your body tell you.
On to A Healthier You
Really, it’s all about replacing a bad habit with a good one. Type II Diabetes took years to acquire and when you work in better habits, like drinking more water, reversing Type II diabetes becomes ultimately doable.
It may take a couple of months or six or nine for you to get to that point that you’re able to manage your condition easily. But until you actually take the first step, and that means drinking water more and making incremental changes to adopt this new habit, improvements in your health will never happen.
If you want to make things happen, then you just HAVE to do what it takes to get to that point. You’re tougher than you think you are, and I want you to see for yourself how great things can happen when you make consistent, small, positive changes daily.
Let’s drink to your health!