My husband is amazing; he drinks at least three litres of water a day, every day! When we met, I think I would have been lucky to have had three glasses of water a day! Considering how critical water is to our body functioning at its optimum, I wasn’t doing myself any favours.
So much of our body is comprised of water, 85% of our brain, 90% of our blood and lungs, 75% of our muscles and 82% of our kidneys. Even are bones are 22% water! Water is essential for life. Water fills the spaces between the cells and helps form structures of large molecules such as protein and glycogen. Also, it is required for digestion, absorption and transportation of nutrients, for the elimination of waste products and to regulate body temperature.
‘Drink plenty of water’. But what is ‘plenty of water’? It is going to be different for all of us. Being sufficiently hydrated will depend on your age, weight, level of activity, lifestyle, diet, if you take medications and how well you are generally. A simple calculation that may assist with a starting point is to multiply your weight (in kg) by 0.033, and the answer is your suggested daily water consumption. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you will need to consume a little more, anywhere between 750ml – 1000ml above your basic needs. This is because of the expanding extracellular fluid space, the needs of the baby and the amniotic fluid during pregnancy.
Some symptoms of being dehydrated you can feel are
Water is imperative to the transport of waste and toxins out of our bodies. I understand that we lose about 2 litres of water a day through sweat, breath, urine and faeces. Regularly not replacing your daily water loss with fresh water may lead to water absorption from the bloodstream, which causes our hearts to work harder. Our kidneys, liver and skin need adequate water to cleanse and detox our bodies effectively.
If you want to experience healthy ageing, glowing, plump skin or want to help eliminate acne focus on your daily water intake. Consuming sufficient freshwater will allow your body to cleanse, repair and rejuvenate. Water can be healing to pain, inflammation, mental fatigue, anxiety, and obesity. Consider your water intake as therapy.
Drinking soft drinks, energy drinks, and coffee depletes our water reserves, as they are considered diuretics increasing the water removed from our bodies. They are not a substitute for drinking water.
While there are many benefits to drinking sufficient water, such as helping with the hangover, better smelling breath, and regulating body temperature here are a few that you may not have thought about
Skip the coffee for water! Yes seriously! If you feel lethargic know that there is a link between cognitive performance and dehydration, It doesn’t take much to notice the difference 2% dehydration may affect your mood, reduce your cognitive & motor skills, make you more sensitive to pain, and affect your memory.
Yes, reach for that glass of water now!
Water helps you feel full, acting as a natural appetite suppressant. There is an impact on your metabolic function, and drinking water half an hour before a meal means you will eat less.
Water is a natural lubricant that helps stools move through the bowels. It ensures your kidneys can remove waste products through urine and allows the liver to do its part in cleansing toxins from the body.
Your skin can reflect your toxic load, congestion and blemishes may mean that the toxins are not flushed through their usual channels. Eating whole foods and not overloading your body with processed food, sugary or alcoholic beverages, sleeping and drinking enough water will allow your body to do what it does naturally, absorb nutrients, cleanse and detoxify.
While there is some debate about how drinking water can affect your skin, there is research that relates to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and rosacea when the skin is dehydrated. Some will say that dry skin is more prone to redness, flakiness and wrinkles. Drink water and apply moisturiser to protect and maintain hydration.
Your immune system function is optimised when your organs are functioning at their best. Organs are at their best when they are oxygenated and hydrated. Drink your daily water quota, eat fresh whole foods, and allow your body to rest and restore. Also, the production of lymph is essential to circulate white blood cells and nutrients throughout your body, and water helps in the production of lymph supporting immune system cells.
Dehydration headaches sometimes referred to as a secondary headache because there is not enough fluid in the body. The brain may shrink with the fluid loss not being replaced, causing pain across the front, back and side of the head.
There is a suggestion that the lack of water between the supporting discs of the vertebrae can compromise the central nucleus of each disc, causing back pain.
Being hydrated and balanced with your electrolytes helps increase your exercise session times, and enough water means that your muscles and joints are lubricated sufficiently to prevent inadvertent injury or sprain. Being hydrated may even help with your flexibility and recovery time.
A study completed in 2002 demonstrated a link between coronary heart disease and water intake. As water maintains the proper viscosity of blood and plasma and fibrinogen distribution, the results are fascinating. Read the study here.
When you begin to increase your water intake, it may mean more bathroom stops; however; your body will adjust. You will notice changes in your health, your skin, your mood, your focus and efficiency quite quickly, and those extra stops will be worth it!
If you struggle to drink plain water, below are a couple of our favourite infused water recipes.
What benefit surprised you most? How can you add more glasses of water to your day?
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Citrus Blueberry (for 3 litres)
1 punnet of blueberries
Leaving the rind on, slice the oranges into thin slices.
Place the orange slices and blueberries in the pitcher/mason jar then fill with water.
Stir gently. Leave for 4 hours to infuse. Store in the refrigerator.
Grapefruit Raspberry (for 3 litres)
1 punnet raspberries muddled
Leaving the rind on, slice the grapefruit into thin slices.
Place the grapefruit and raspberries in the pitcher/mason jar then fill with water.
Stir gently. Leave for 4 hours to infuse. Store in the refrigerator.
Grape Orange (for 3 litres)
3 cups of red or green grapes (I like to use a mix)
Slice the grapes in half and place in the freezer until they are frozen.
Leaving the rind on slice the orange into thin slices.
Place the frozen grapes, and orange in the pitcher/mason jar then fill with water.
Stir gently. Leave for 6 hours to infuse. Store in the refrigerator.