It is common knowledge that the human body is primarily composed of water. It is involved in almost every body function. Water is unsurpassed in its ability to heal. We turn to it to drink, cook with, bath in and even relax near.
The amount of water a person needs depends on a number of factors; our size, activity level, climate, health and our diet. The average person requires about 8 cups of water each day. How can you assess whether you are drinking enough water? It may sound gross but take a look at your urine colour the next time you go to the bathroom. Urine should be a pale straw colour. When our output of water exceeds intake, our kidneys need to conserve water so it becomes more concentrated with waste products and will appear darker. If you notice that your urine is very dark in colour make sure to go grab a glass of water pronto!
When we don’t consume enough water, our bodies have trouble eliminating toxins, digestive issues occur, and our brain tissue actually shrinks causing impaired thinking and headaches! Water helps replenish brain cells and fights fatigue. If this doesn’t persuade you enough, think about how many calories you can reduce by switching your daily soda to a glass of water! Drinking water is the number one thing any nutritionist will tell you to do if you are trying to lose weight.
It is also important to note that drinking a lot of water during/right after meal times should be avoided. It will dilute your digestive juices making it hard on your body to digest food and assimilate nutrients. Drink a large glass of water about an hour before eating and only have a few sips between mouthfuls if you need to.
Here are some tips to help ensure you are getting enough water each day:
1. Start your day with a glass of water. Do this before you turn to the coffee or tea.
2. Keep a large jug of filtered water in the fridge at all times.
3. Carry a water bottle with you so that you always have it on hand. Refilling a water bottle will save you money in the long run and the environment!
4. Flavour water with fruit or vegetables. I love a glass of water with a few slices of cucumber and fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice.
5. Always keep a glass of water handy at home so you will be more likely to reach for it.
6. Always have a cup of water before reaching for the next cup of coffee/tea.
7. If you are craving something fizzy have a sparkling water.
8. Set an alarm on your phone or download a drink water app (yes they do have these) to remind you to get a drink.
Challenge yourself this week to drink enough water and see how it makes you feel! It is one of the easiest and most beneficial habits you can establish for yourself!
Lucy is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer with a thirst for good food, fitness, cats, travel and adventure!