Good hydration is key to good health.
Our bodies are about 70% water, with water playing a key role in the formation of our tissues, delivering nutrients to our cells and removing waste. You can survive for quite some time without food but not long at all without water!
Drinking water is an easy, inexpensive way to improve your overall wellbeing.
It is known to aid concentration, help our bodies deal with toxins, and aids cell regeneration – quite a CV for a simple liquid! So how much water should you drink? Six to eight glasses a day – but how big is a ‘glass’? Are litres a better measurement? The advice can be confusing. In reality the amount of water you need on a daily basis depends on who you are, where you are and what you’re doing. For instance, if you are exercising, the weather is warm or you work in an air conditioned office you need more water than if you don’t
Once you feel thirsty you are already quite significantly dehydrated
so it is important to ‘top up’ with water regularly, and whilst tea, coffee and fruit squash are water based the caffeine, sweeteners and other chemicals these beverages contain usually outweigh their hydration benefits!
Try these easy steps to help you keep well hydrated:
- Keep a bottle of water with you whilst on the move, or a glass or jug topped up regularly at home or on your desk. Take sips often.
- Herbal teas contribute to your water intake. Limit fruit teas however. These do help with hydration but can also be too acidic if used excessively.
- Drink between meals but not with food if possible. Water can dilute digestive enzymes leading to poorer digestion.
- Don’t worry about the number of glasses, bottles, litres, etc. you drink. Just take note when you go to the loo! If your urine is a pale straw colour you’re drinking enough!
Whist hydration is important do remember that excessive water intake is as dangerous as severe dehydration so be sensible – everything in moderation!
Drinking water on its own a little boring?
Make drinking water more interesting by adding a slice of fresh lemon to a mug of hot water first thing in the morning for added health benefits such as:
- Improving digestion
- Alkalising the body
- Boosting the immune system
- Freshening the breath
- Protecting against bacteria and viruses
Try and use an organic lemon wherever possible to reduce the risk of additional chemicals undoing your good work!