How many pints a day do you drink?
Of water that is…
This week is all about staying hydrated. Especially important with the high temperatures here in the UK this week 🌞.
Did you know that an adult human is 60% water?
Did you know our blood is 90% water?
So by staying well hydrated, you’re giving your body a helping hand to keep working at its best.
Drinking enough water helps with regulating your body temperature, lubricating your joints, delivering nutrients to your cells and keeping your organs working well.
Plus when you’re well-hydrated it can help your skin to look better.
As well as this, research has shown that being dehydrated can increase your risk of anxiety and depression.
It is said that by the time you begin to feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated!
It is also said that often when we think we’re hungry we’re really just thirsty!
In terms of how much water you should drink in a day, there are lots of different expert recommendations.
People often say you should have “8 glasses a day” – but they never tell you what size glass to use!
One very technical way to know is to take your weight in kilos and multiply it by 0.033; this will give you the number of litres of water you need to drink each day.
I think most of us often struggle to drink as much water as our bodies need each day, so here are a couple of tips to help you:
• Download an app to your phone that will remind you to have a drink every hour
• Fill 2 large bottles at the beginning of the day, and aim to finish them by the end of the day. You could even put markers on the bottles to divide them up into hours to help you to stay on schedule
• Bring a bottle of water to bed with you at night, and take a big drink as soon as you wake up in the morning. Overnight your body has been working on eliminating waste products for several hours, and you’ve probably not had a drink during that time – so you will be dehydrated.
• If you find it hard to drink that much water on its own, maybe you could try flavouring it with a slice of lemon or some cucumber.
• Try swapping your fizzy drinks for a bottle of water
You might not have even noticed that your body is dehydrated.
But I bet you will notice a difference if you begin to pay attention and drink more water each day!
Let me know how you get on; I love to receive your feedback on my weekly emails!