You really don’t need me telling you about the importance of keeping hydrated and the positive impact it can have on your health. However, a lot of us find it a difficult habit to cultivate around a busy life. It can be very easy to forget to have regular intakes of water during a busy day at work for example. Before you know it you are left feeling frazzled, with a slight headache coming on.
There is an easy explanation for the latter in the shape of the following:
Water is the fluid that lubricates our systems and keeps us healthy, energised and vibrant.
If you think of it like a riverbed or stream in a drought when it’s all dried up and cracking, where the water is so sparse that there’s no life in it.
Now compare your body to that riverbed or stream and imagine what you are doing to it by not staying hydrated with enough water. Yes, soon enough it too will dry up, crack and become uninhabitable. Basically, you could find yourself saying hello to the following:
- Low energy, fatigue and loss of muscle strength and endurance.
- Hunger (often hunger can mean you are just really thirsty).
- Headaches and a decrease in memory and brain function.
- Decrease or no output of urine or urine that is dark, strong-smelling or burning.
- Low blood pressure.
- Tachycardia or rapid heart rate.
So how do you ensure you keep yourself hydrated even when you are busy none stop all day? Good question and below I share some tips that can support you in doing so:
- Drink 1 – 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning – This is personally one of my non-negotiables regardless of where I am staying either at home or away. When you sleep the body goes into restoration mode, this can cause the body to become dehydrated, so it’s important to wake it up and have yourself a large glass of filtered water.
- Keep a jug filled with filtered water for you to drink throughout the day in your fridge at home or on your desk at work. I use a large lightweight bottle which is easy to carry around if I’m on the move.
- If you are going to exercise ensure you drink enough water before and after. If you sweat a lot then it’s a good idea to take on more water to compensate.
- Add slices of fresh lemon, orange, cucumber or strawberry to your water or fresh mint to liven things up a bit.
- Give decaffeinated iced herbal teas a go, I love ginger tea.
By keeping hydrated daily, your body will truly thank you for it.
Do yourself a favour and rehydrate.
Until next weeks blog…Be well and healthy.