Being hydrated is essential for our brains to function. Water helps to regulate the body’s temperature, flushes waste and toxins from the body and lubricates your joints. Increasing your water intake is also one of the key things to do if you want to improve your skin, your digestion, your energy levels, your concentration and your mood. It also supports the bodies natural detoxification pathways to flush out toxins and waste.
As a general rule, we should be drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day, with an extra litre for every hour of exercise that we do. Signs that you are not drinking enough water include: a dry mouth, dark-coloured urine, headaches, low energy, poor concentration, anxiety, sugar cravings, constipation and water retention.
1. Buy a water bottle. This may seem obvious but you’re much more likely to be topping up your hydration levels if you have a water bottle in your handbag/on your desk/in your car to remind you to drink it. Always choose a glass water bottle rather than plastic – this ensures you are not consuming any BPA or BPS found in plastic water bottles. These are endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals which have been linked to reproductive issues (PCOS, endometriosis, period pain, infertility) as well as obesity and even some cancers.
2. Add some flavour. Sometimes the cause of not drinking enough water simply comes down to boredom of taste. Try adding blueberries, sliced lemon, grapefruit, fresh mint or sliced cucumber to keep your taste buds interested.
3. Set a reminder. Abolish the excuse “I just forget to drink water” with some handy apps to remind you to drink up. Try Daily Water or Hydro Coach.
4. Drink herbal tea. Don’t forget that herbal tea (but not black tea, and definitely not black coffee, sorry!)contributes to your daily intake of water and come with some extra health benefits. Try chamomile tea to calm a frazzled nervous system, or ginger tea for an upset tummy.
5. Eat your water. Foods such as celery, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and watermelon all display a high water content, so include these in your diet as much as possible.