Let's talk about water!

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Did you know water makes up approximately 60% of our total body weight? Plus our heart contains almost 80% water, therefore for that reason alone we need to always remain hydrated!!!

It is difficult to accurately understand exactly how much water you need to consume, however as a general rule of thumb 8-10 glasses (let's assume 1 glass = 1 cup) is the minimum amount of water you need to drink everyday. Why you may ask??? Ensuring we are adequately hydrated is important because water aids the following;

  • carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
  • flushing bacteria from your bladder
  • aiding digestion
  • preventing constipation
  • normalising blood pressure
  • stabilising heartbeat
  • cushioning joints
  • protecting organs and tissues
  • regulating body temperature
  • maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance.

How do we know when we are hydrated??? We know you should be well hydrated if you follow the standard 8-10 glasses per day, however you may need more depending on the foods you have eaten, any exercise you have completed, plus the temperature of your environment. If you are dehydrated your urine may be infrequent and dark, you may feel thirsty, lightheaded and lethargic, plus you may be able to pinch the skin on the back your hand and it may be slow to retract. 

Tips for making sure we get enough water;

  1. When you first wake up drink 1-2 glasses of water straight away - you can try adding some lemon to your water to help start your digestive system

  2. Carry a water bottle everywhere and sip all day

  3. Keep an eye out for the signals above that indicate if you aren't dehydrated

Over and out.

Ginny Stevens