14 Oct WATER, WATER, WATER! – STAYING HYDRATED!
It’s time to drink up and no we don’t mean hit up the local pub! We’re talking about water and the importance of staying hydrated. Water really is the miracle drink that so many don’t give enough attention! Most of us know we need to drink more water but actually doing it is something else! It’s easy for a day to slip by having only managed a couple of glasses, or in some cases even less! Water is so important, not only for our survival but our overall wellbeing and spring for life! In this blog we touch on the basics of why water is so important and some common signs of dehydration. We also share some easy tips to increase the amount you drink!
The human body is pretty much water!
Water is responsible for a large number of processes within the body. Without enough water we struggle to function and even simple decision making can be difficult. Drinking (or not drinking) enough water can literally be the difference between struggling or thriving! Get this:
- 90% of our lungs are water
- 76% of our brain is water
- 75% of our muscles are water
- 82% of our blood is water
- 25% of our bones are water
- Amazing or what!
Ten reasons to drink more water
All our bodily systems rely on water! Here are just 10 reasons why drinking water needs to be high on the priority list.
- Helps our brain to function optimally
- Protects and moisturises our Joints
- Transports nutrients and oxygen to our cells (Water serves at the body’s transportation system and when we’re dehydrated things just don’t get around as well!)
- Helps our kidneys to function
- Relieves fatigue and improves our mood
- Boosts our energy levels
- Keeps our skin moisturised
- Help’s us to detoxify
- Improves digestion
- Promotes weight loss
Common signs of dehydration
So many people are suffering from unnecessary health problems simply due to the fact that they are chronically dehydrated. It’s important to keep hydrated throughout the day rather than just drink when we feel thirsty. By the time we experience thirst, chances are we are already dehydrated and even mild dehydration can have adverse effects on our mood and energy. Below are some of the most common signs of dehydration.
- Feel consistently tired and lack energy
- Suffer from ongoing headaches and sometimes get dizzy
- Decreased urine output that is a deep yellow or amber colour
- Dry eyes and skin
- Muscle cramps
- Joint pain
Tips to staying hydrated!
Most of us know we need to drink more than we currently do but without making a conscious effort it doesn’t happen. Just like anything it needs to be made a priority! Below are some really easy ways to up your daily intake.
- First drink of the day: We’re always banging on about our morning warm water with lemon but it’s a great way to kick start the day! Plus you’ve just had the last 8 hours without any water so your body is parched! Warm water on an empty stomach re-hydrates the body, jump-starts metabolism, and helps to flush out toxins
- Buy a BIG & sexy drink bottle: You know how you’re more motivated to workout when you have a new pair of tights or sweet set of new kicks? You got it, a sexy drink bottle could do the same! Worth a try! We’re in love with S’well Drink Bottles
- Keep it close: Have that bottle with you 24 bloody 7! Have it staring you in the face so you’re constantly reminded to drink, drink, drink!
- Add some excitement: Yip water can be boring, but it doesn’t need to be! Add a bit of excitement and flavour by adding fresh fruit and herbs. We recommend keeping it natural and to avoid flavouring agents. Our fav combos are strawberries and mint or Orange and blueberries
- Drink herbal teas: Rather than the coffee, try some flavoured teas
- Eat your H2o: A sneaky way to amp up your water is to consume high water content fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cucumber and Zucchini
- Get the app! Yip there really is an app for everything! Download a water reminder app or set up some calendar reminders to get up from your desk and have a drink!