Did you know that most of the population live their lives in a state of constant dehydration?
Seriously, the average water intake in the uk is 200ml per day..... guidelines state that we should drink around 2 litres of water a day, and this can increase further depending on weather, exercise levels, sodium intake etc.
So why is it so important? Our bodies are made up of 60% water, we need water for so many of our bodily functions including to regulate our temperature, aid in digestion and to transport nutrients from our food around the body.
We can be dehydrated way before we feel physically thirsty
There are many things that will be affected by dehydration, and these are things that can occur if you are only slightly dehydrated:
- Poor concentration
- Dry hair, skin and brittle nails
- False hunger signals
- Poor digestion
- Poor sleep
- Impaired vision
- Extreme fatigue
- Dry eyes and lips
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Low blood pressure
Some people do not like the taste of plain water, it is better to add a squash than to not drink at all. Some other ways to increase fluid intake are:
- Teas (fruit, herbal, good old Yorkshire)
- Fruits and vegetables with a high water content (good examples are melon, grapes, cucumber, tomatoes.....)
So if you are low in energy, or suffering from any of the above issues, then try and increase the amount of fluid you take in every day, start off small and increase as your body adjusts. The aim should be for your urine to be clear. It is especially important to rehydrate after drinking alcohol - or even better to drink water along side / in-between alcoholic drinks.
Try and keep a refillable water bottle with you at work, in the car and out and about. This will enable you to sip on it throughout the day and will soon become a habit that you don't even need to think about.
Making this change can literally transform how you look and feel, your body will thank you for it!