Water – Are you having enough?
It is a vital element to good health and vitality. Without water we can’t survive for long. Our bodies (depending on you body fat content) can survive for a while on little or no food, but without water was quickly perish. In our sugar filled world today, however, we often find ourselves passing water over from some other beverage that is sweet, but could be filled with heaps of nasties that aren’t going to help us the way that having a drink of good quality water would.
Our bodies are made up of over 60% water and we need to keep replenishing that, as our body loses it through its many different functions. If we don’t replenish our water levels:
- our bodies will become dehydrated,
- our urine will become concentrated,
- we will become fatigued,
- our muscle strength and endurance will suffer,
- joints will become stiff, our muscles become stiff and contract,
- blood pressure lowers and less oxygen is deliver to the body and the brain,
- Put plainly, left with out water long enough and eventually you will die.
So knowing all that, we can conclude that there are many benefits to keeping our bodies well hydrated:
1. Good Cardiovascular health
2. Helps with moderating the bodies temperature
3. Adequate nutrients to our muscles and joints
4. Increases the elasticity of our skin
5. Detoxing the body
6. Aids in weight loss.
Now these are just a few and there have been many great articles about the benefits of good hydration for our over all health. There is much advice our there about how much water one should drink, some saying 6-8 glasses of water a day. However there are many that also say drink to thirst. Listening to our bodies cues for the need for water is probably the first step.
I like somewhere in between- I’ll clarify that by saying that I think often when we are used to drinking fizzy sugary drinks and have poor eating habits we put our bodies so out of touch with what it really needs that we have to be aware to help put it back in balance, since We have spent a long time doing things like eating when our body really needs fluids, so it can take some time to retrain our bodies as well as our minds as to what we really need.
So the compromise I would make is being aware of how much you are drinking, using whatever system you need to record how much your drinking. This starts by paying attention to when and how much you are drinking.
Have you only had two glasses of water (500mls) all day and it’s almost dinner.? Then you need to drink more water.
Here are my tips for rebooting your system and training your brain.
1. Start for aiming for those 2 litres or 8 glasses of water a day.
3. When you think your hungry have a drink first. if you’re still hungry after 15 mins, then eat.
3. Have a drink of water during your meal prep time. If you like you can add lemon or apple cider vinegar to it, which will help add to your digestions as well.
4. If you don’t think you’re thirsty, try going for a walk. That act of getting up and moving can help your body get the message to your brain to drink.
5. Have a water bottle always ready to go. Personally, I am terrible at putting myself first sometimes. Often I’m in the middle of doing something and I need a drink, so I think to myself, “I’ll just finish this and then I’ll have a drink”, but by the time I’ve finished I will have forgotten that I need a drink and will have already gone onto the next thing. Then the same things happens in the middle of that next task. and react the same way, and before I know it, it’s time for the children to go to bed and I’ve hardly had anything to drink and I’m really really thirsty. The solution that has worked for me is having a water bottle full of water ready that I can carry around with me or the children can easily bring to me.
Once you have spent time hydrating your body, your body will start to come back into it’s balance and natural rhyme to the point where you can start relying on it to guide you as to when to drink and how much and relax, but be mindful to listen to your body. When you start ignoring it again, you can fall back into the same trap of not having enough again.