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This blog will focus on water and keeping our bodies hydrated. I will also explain why water is good for you and I will also suggest ideas for those of you who just don’t like the taste of water but are still keen to keep their bodies hydrated.
I am sure you are already aware of the need to drink plenty of water through out the day and that doing so it good for you. However, do you know why this is? Please continue reading to find out!
Did you know?
Water makes up about 60% of our total body weight? Think about that! The brain and heart are made up of roughly 73% of water. The skin itself contains 64% of water and muscles and kidney are about 79% of water. Even bones are 31% water.
Why is drinking water good for you?
The above part of this blog explains how much water is already in the body. It is important to maintain healthy levels of water in our system because of the vital role in plays in our daily life.
Sweating, for instance, causes us to naturally lose more water and this is true for those of you who work out regularly.
Water also helps with digestion, circulation and the production of saliva.
Weight loss and water:
Drinking water can make you feel full for longer so if you are trying to lose weight or if you simply want to reduce the amount you eat for a healthier lifestyle, try drinking a glass of water say before a meal. This will mean you eat less as you are already a little full. The water will also help with the digestion of your food. Another tip, for those who drink lots of fizzy drinks throughout the day, is to try to replace at least one of your glasses of fizzy pop with one glass of water – your body will thank you for it!
What else does water do for our bodies?
I have already mentioned (above) that drinking water before a meal helps digestion. This is because drinking water before or with a meal aids the digestive process. It helps the stomach by helping to break down your food and it keeps the contents of your stomach moving.
Drinking water also helps to remove toxins through our bodies – this in turn helps the kidneys to function well. This is because the job of the kidneys is to filter liquids and water helps the kidneys to do their job better. Removing toxins from our bodies contributes to clear skin.
Drinking plenty of water also helps to keep joints moving.
How much water should you drink a day?
This will depend on you, whether you are male or female, how active you are (the more active you are the more you should drink. The weather will also dictate how much water you should drink – in summer, for instance, you will need to drink more water in order to stay hydrated.
There is no common or agreed daily recommend amount of water you should be drinking but as a rough guide women should try to keep their fluid intake to 2 litres per day and men should aim for 3. I am not a healthcare professional so please do check with your doctor or health care worker if you are interested in increasing your intake of fluids or if you want to know whether you are currently drinking enough water. I want you to drink the right amount of water for you but I also want you to do this safely!
How can I increase the amount of water I drink?
So, I have already suggested replacing one of your fizzy drinks with glass of water. You may also want to invest in a good quality water bottle. This will mean that you can take regular sips of water throughout the day even if you are away from home.
If you work in an office, try having a glass of water in front of you. It will remind you to drink more and once you have emptied the glass simply fill it up and repeat the process.
There are some good free apps which allow you to keep track of how much water you are drinking. Some can remind you to drink more water throughout the day – you simply set an hourly alert! This means you can be confident you have taken in enough water for each day.
What if you don’t like water?
I have to say, I am always surprised at the number of people who genuinely do not like the taste of water, they can manager one maybe two glasses of water but not much more. So, if you fall within that category then this bit is just for you!
Whilst I love drinking water I also like water that has been infused with something else. My favourite is water which has been infused with cucumber. I love it! You will need to figure out how much cucumber to use – this will depend on your personal preference. For me, I like to slice a quarter of a cucumber into sticks then add them to a jug of water. I leave this mixture overnight. The cucumber must be removed in the morning. The water is now infused and I like to put the jug in the fridge to chill. When it has been chilled everytime I want a glass of water I use my chilled infused water. Please try it and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
Water can also be infused with fruits, berries (raspberries and strawberries) are good. Even herbs such as mint can be used as well as citrius fruits such as lemon, lime or orange.
Drinking caffeine free herbal teas is another way to increase your fluid intake. I prefer to make my own herbal teas. One of my favourites is hibiscus. I buy the hibiscus from a good quality store. Then I use a small amount (again, making your own herbal teas allows you to find the right quantities for you) in a teapot and add hot water. I prefer to drink this tea hot but in summer I like to let the water cool, strain the liquid to separate it from the hibiscus and then I leave it in the fridge. I know some people find hibiscus tea to be slightly bitter. If this is the case for you, try to add a drop of fruit juice or a small amount of honey. I will write another blog just on herbal teas, I will then be able to talk about the health benefits which can be found in some herbal teas.
Make your own juice:
Another way to increase your fluid intake is to make your own fruit or vegetable juices. Making your own juices means that the juices you make will not contain added sugar or preservatives. They will be packed full of nutrients and therefore much better for you than some shop bought juices.
Making your own juices, allows you to mix your own flavours to your taste – this means you are much more likely to drink it because you made it yourself for you. I will shortly be writing a blog post on making your own juices and smoothies.
This blog has been posted to show you why water is good for your overall health. I have suggested some ways that you can immediately start to increase your water/fluid intake. These have included infused water and making your own juices. Hopefully the suggestions I have provided will mean that you can achieve your goal of a healthy body, a healthier you much more easily. If you have any other suggestions for how to increase your fluid intake, please use the comment section below.