Are you drinking enough water?
Good hydration is vital to our overall health and wellbeing and survival, yet only about 35% of Australians actually understand this.
You may have heard that you should drink 6-8 glasses of water per day, but you may require more depending on your body weight. A fair guide is to drink 33mls of water per kg of body weight. So, say you are 60kg, you would need 1.98 litres of water daily.
If you’re waiting till you’re thirsty before you have a glass of water, chances are fairly strong that you’re already dehydrated and often times when you feel hungry and go for that snack, it’s really you’re body trying to let you know it needs rehydrating.
Many of us disregard the common symptoms of dehydration as we experience them on a regular basis. Symptoms such as headaches, cramps in the calves, insomnia, dark yellow urine, difficulty concentrating as well as thirst are all signs you need to reach for the water bottle.
If you’re like me and have to make a conscious effort to drink plenty of water each day, you may need to get creative….
Here’s some tips to help keep your daily water intake up!
- First thing each morning – drink a large glass of water, (preferably with lemon juice to revitalise your body – read my blog)
- Measure your daily intake by filling a bottle or jug – Every morning I fill a one litre bottle and know that I need to get through nearly two of these before I head to bed at night. Also, it’s ready to take with me if I need to go somewhere during the day so I can keep track of my water intake.
- Filter your water – Drinking filtered water or even better alkaline water, rather than tap water will benefit your body as it removes chlorine, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals and bacterial contaminants.
- Make it interesting – Add some slices of lemon or lime in your water bottle, or some berries or fruit of your choice.
- Keep your bottle with you everywhere! – Take you’re bottle with you, not just to the gym or on your walk but anywhere you go. Make it a habit, like taking your phone with you. I always take a bottle in the car. If you’re going to work, keep a bottle on your desk to remind you to drink it.
Our bodies need water, even in the winter months, so try making your recommended daily intake for the next 30 days and feel the difference in your wellbeing and see it in your skin!