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Stay healthy and alert…Drink Water!

It is recommended that most people should consume around 2 litres of water per day and it is generally accepted that most of us do not achieve that level. Ever suffered with headaches, lethargy or poor concentration? There is a good chance that these symptoms are as a result of dehydration.

A few facts about water in your body:

  • 67% of the body is water
  • 75% of the brain is water
  • 75% of muscles are water
  • Blood is 83% Water
  • Bone is 22% Water

Water has a major role in almost all bodily functions:

  • Regulates body temperature
  • Helps digestion
  • Carries oxygen & nutrients to every cell
  • Lubricates joints
  • Takes toxins away from the body

So it stands to reason that if we do not replace the water that we lose throughout the day, our bodies are likely to suffer.

Water – The Elixir of Life

Water is the best drink for hydration; it has no calories, caffeine, sugar, salt, carbonation, colouring or preservatives; not a claim that can be made by any other drink.
Regular and steady consumption of a good quality drinking water throughout the day will have a miraculous effect on the body

  • Improved energy
  • Increased mental performance
  • Increased physical performance
  • Give your skin a healthy complextion
  • Reduce headaches
  • Help with weight loss

Exercise

During periods of high physical activity it is particularly important to keep the body hydrated in order to maintain optimum performance. This can be done by having a drink of water before, during and after exercise.

Illness

Many illnesses require water in order to aid recovery; this is particularly the case during bouts of sickness and diarrhoea where to body is losing large amounts of water.

Dieting

Studies in the USA have shown that dieters frequently mistake the body’s desire for water as hunger pangs. Dieters have found that even one glass of water reduces the hunger pangs and drinking water has helped them to reduce their food intake.

Recent studies show that drinking water may play a role in the regulation of your metabolism–your body’s calorie-burning engine. For one thing, if you become dehydrated, your metabolism tends to slow down, meaning that you won’t burn as many calories as normal while at rest.

Dieting also causes the body to produce more waste which in turn requires more water to help remove it from the body.

Tips for staying hydrated

It’s easy to forget to drink water through the day, so here’s a few tips to help you stay hydrated

  • Start the day as you intend to go on, have a glass or two first thing in the morning. People generally underestimate how much water is lost during sleep.
  • Don’t exclusively rely on thirst. Sometimes thirst is not a reliable measure of hydration because of medications or other health conditions.
  • Keep a water bottle or beverage at your desk, in your car, in your bag and drink at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • Make sure that you drink plenty of water before, during and after periods of high physical activity.
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