Staying hydrated and drinking enough water is something we hear a lot about.
But just how much is enough? And what exactly is the the big deal when it comes to hydration? Read on for some key facts and healthy hydration tips.
The human body is made up of around 60—70% water.
Water can help aid weight loss.
There is no ‘perfect’ amount of water that we should be drinking each day.
Our daily requirements change depending on our health, size, environment and age.
Water is vital to help the body get rid of toxins.
Your organs and cells, including your brain, need water in order to function optimally.
Chronic dehydration can prematurely age your skin.
Dehydration can lead to low energy and poor performance.
Am I Drinking Enough Water?
The simple way to find out is to check your urine! Drinking enough water through out the day will mean your pee is light in colour. Any sign of your pee being darker than pale/clear yellow can mean that you are dehydrated.
Other signs that you may not be getting enough are headaches, fatigue and increased thirst or hunger pangs.
How Much is Enough?
According to The Institute of Medicine (IOM) men should be aiming for around 13 cups of water per day. Women 9 cups per day and if you are pregnant, then that number should increase to 10 cups per day. Breastfeeding mothers even more, to approx 12 cups per day!
The Benefits of Staying Hydrated
Calorie control - Feeling thirsty can be confused as hunger and so you end up eating more calories than necessary.
Better workouts - Dehydrated muscles are slow muscles, stay hydrated and get a better session in the gym!
Flatter tummy - Water is vital for healthy digestion. Drinking enough water literally keeps things flowing and can help reduce constipation and bloating.
Injury prevention - Dehydrated joints are more prone to injury when being used. Stay hydrated and keep your movements supple.
Do Other Drinks Count?
Drinks that contain caffeine and alcohol as well as excess sugars and chemicals, can actually leave you more dehydrated.
For optimum hydration stick to water, caffeine free herbal tea and fresh, cold pressed fruit and vegetables juices.
Why not make your water more interesting by infusing some fresh ingredients to provide natural and subtle flavours?
Simply add some fruit, cucumber and/or herbs and then leave in the fridge to chill and infuse.
Or why not get serious and accessorise your water bottle and seriously up your water carrying game with a show stopper like this one from S’well…
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