Why do I keep recommending you all to drink plenty of water?
Up to 60% of your body is made up of water, and when we are dehydrated it affects how your body performs.
So how much water should you be drinking? This varies depending on weight and also how active you are, but generally if you drink between 1.5-2 litres a day you are doing well. Another good indication is the colour of your urine, if it’s very dark yellow in colour then you clearly need to be drinking more!
Some people find water too bland, if this is the case then add some fruit or lemon/lime juice to add some flavour. Alternatively, ditch the caffeine and have a fruit tea or green tea as these both contribute to your water intake.
Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water.
1. Flushes out toxins - By drinking more water you are flushing through your kidneys and reducing the risk of UTIs. After reflexology or a massage the blood flow is increased and it’s even more important to rehydrate and eliminate those toxins.
2. Makes you happy ☺ - dehydration can affect your mood and can make you irritable and confused. When your body and cells are hydrated and functioning at their best you will feel great!
3. Increases energy and relieves fatigue - your brain is made up of mostly water so drinking helps you think, concentrate and be more alert. Your cells will be more hydrated and circulation improved therefore nutrients are able to be transported more efficiently making you feel more energised.
4. Glowing skin - skin is the largest organ in your body. Staying hydrated improves complexion, skin colour and texture. Water also helps the skin regulate your body temp through sweating.
5. Promotes weight loss - our body can sometimes tell us we’re hungry when we’re actually thirsty. Staying hydrated can actually reduce hunger, reduce what you eat and raise your metabolism.
6. Prevent headaches/migraines - water can help relieve headaches which are commonly caused by dehydration.
7. Reduced joint pain - proper hydration maintains healthy joints as it keeps the cartilage soft and hydrated. Muscles are more elastic and therefore joint pain is less likely.
8. Better performance - if you are into sport, proper hydration contributes to a better performance. Dehydration can affect the way our muscles perform, leading to weakness, tiredness, dizziness and electrolyte imbalance.
9. Aids digestion - water is essential to help digest your food and can prevent constipation.
10. One of the best things about water is it’s free… so what are you waiting for, pour yourself a glass ☺