Most of us know that we should drink more water, so what stops us?
- We don’t PLAN to drink to enough water
- We FORGET to drink water because we are not thirsty
- It is undesirable to drink water because it is COLD
- We don’t like the TASTE of water
We will explore ways to overcome these barriers to adequate water intake later in the blog, but for now, lets look at WHY we should be drinking water. Our bodies need water to keep our skin looking great, for our muscles to function without sustaining injury, and for our brains to work effectively. We know all this, but did you know that your body requires adequate fluids to perform nearly every chemical reaction in your body including but not limited to:
- Digesting food (breaking down food)
- Assimilation of food (extraction of nutrients)
- Elimination of wastes
- Production of energy in the mitrochonria (power house of each of your bodies cells)
- Nerve response rate (that is why your brain is foggy when you are dehydrated, the speed of messages delivered depends on fluid levels and adequate lipid levels)
- Proper muscle function
It is important here for you to know that By the time you are thirsty – you are already dehydrated.
There are lots of formulations around how much water you should drink, but honestly, your body is your best guide. The amount of water required depends on physical exertion, the number of toxins your body is trying to flush out, and how many chemical processes are occurring in the body, as well as all the external factors such as heaters, wind, heat etc.
The colour of your urine is the best guide. If the urine is darker than a light amber (with the exception of the first pee in the morning and/or if your body is flushing out excess beta carotene from multivitamins) then you need to drink more water.
So now that we know the importance of staying hydrated, lets give you some tips on how to up your fluid intake during the day:
- Take at least two 1 litre water bottles to work. Note: always drink from glass if possible, you can get some great glass water bottles from lots of places now, including the supermarket. Never drink from a disposable water bottle that has been left in the sun, you will be getting a large dose of endocrine disrupters with your water.
- Drink 500ml of warm water as soon as you get up. Your body has been clearing out toxins over night, and it needs a large amount of water upon rising. Yes, it will fit in your stomach 🙂 and it will be absorbed into your system within 10 minutes so you will still have room for breakfast.
- Ditch the coffee and tea and have 4 cups of herbal tea a day instead. Caffeinated drinks (including soft drinks) are diuretics, that is, they dehydrate the body. So you will be doing yourself a double favour here.
- Set a reminder on your phone or computer to drink 500mls of water at 10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 8 pm. Not only will you be nicely hydrated, but you will probably eat less too – hunger signals are often dehydration signals.
- Make up a 2 litre jug of water to leave on your bench or your desk. Put any or all of the following into this jug to make the taste more palatable: slices of lemon or orange; slices of cucumber; sprig of mint or thyme; teaspoon of honey; a few slices of raw ginger; lavender or chamomile flowers.
TAKE THE 14 DAY CHALLENGE WITH US and let us know how you get on. Select two or more of the ideas above and implement them for 14 days in a row. Write down how you are feeling at 3 intervals during the day in a diary or on your phone and watch your energy levels and mental clarity soar!