Recently I suspected I was slightly dehydrated so I began drinking a lot more water every day. About 1.5 to 2 litres. I have mostly been drinking pots of Chamomile tea as it’s gotten colder. I feel transformed, I was most definitely dehydrated! Something so simple but I was overlooking daily. I am less sore after my daily workouts which have increased, this means I have gone from feeling like staying in bed some days to feeling full of energy, my bloated belly has disappeared and my digestion has improved, I am getting a deeper sleep every night, I don’t wake with a dry mouth and I am no longer hungry ALL THE TIME!!! Obviously, my body crying out for water. The most noticeable improvement has been my knees which had become quite
If that isn’t enough to pique your interest and get you sipping, read on…
Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Water is essential to good health. Your body uses water to carry nutrients to your cells, to help regulate body temperature, maintain correct function of internal organs and tissues and other bodily functions. Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must rehydrate by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
Water Protects Your Tissues, Spinal Cord, and Joints
Water Helps Your Body Remove Waste
How much water should you drink every day?
Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.
- Exercise. If you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. How much additional fluid you need depends on how much you sweat during exercise, and the duration and type of exercise.
- Intense exercise. During long bouts of intense
exercisefor example, running a marathon, it’s best to consume drinkthat contains sodium, as this will help replace sodium lost in sweat and reduce the chances of developing hyponatremia. Also, continue to replace fluids after you’re finished exercising. (Add a pinch of Himalayan Mountain Salt and lemon juice to your water bottle.)
- Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you perspire more and requires
additionalintake of fluid. Heated, dry indoor air also can cause your skin to lose moisture during wintertime. Further, altitudes greater than 2,500 meters may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of your fluid reserves.
- Illnesses or health conditions. When you have
fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, your body loses additional fluids. In these cases, you should drink more water. You may also need increasedfluid intake if you develop certain conditions, including bladder infections or urinary tract stones. On the other hand, some conditions, such as heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases, may impair excretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake. Check with your doctor.
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are used especially when nursing. Check with your doctor.
Although uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood, a condition called hyponatremia. Endurance athletes, such as marathon runners who drink large amounts of water, are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who eat a typical diet.If you are concerned about your fluid intake or have health issues, check with your doctor. She or he can help you determine the amount of water that’s right for you.
Tips to Consume More Water Daily:
- Drink when you’re thirsty. Thirst is a natural urge that should be heeded. It means your body needs water. This urge can often be confused with hunger, drinking plenty of water will enable you to recognise your true hunger cues.
- Sip water throughout the day. If you chug too much water at once your body doesn’t actually absorb all of it. Most of it will run right through you.
- You don’t need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. Smoothies and soups are water rich meals.
- Sip water before, during and after exercise
- Drink filtered water. There is an increasing amount of Oestrogen in tap water due to women excreting their contraceptives.
- Make water more interesting, add your favourite fresh fruits —cucumbers, limes, lemons, berries, mint, etc to a jug of water and keep it beside you. Or make a pot of caffeine free herbal tea.
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