Water is the fluid that lubricates our systems and keeps us healthy and vibrant.
Think of a riverbed in a drought when it’s all dried up and cracking, where the water is so sparse that there’s no life in it.
Now compare your body to that riverbed and imagine what you are doing to it by not staying hydrated with enough water. Yup, soon enough it too will dry up, crack up and become uninhabitable.
So before you get to that sad state, let’s talk about how you will know if you’re not drinking enough good old H2O!
Do you think you could recognise dehydration?
The usual side effects of dehydration are dry mouth and thirst. And you can also look out for other signs of mild to severe dehydration (in that order) such as:
● Low energy, fatigue and loss of muscle strength and endurance
● Hunger (often can mean you are just really thirsty)
● Headaches and decrease in memory and brain function
● Decrease or no output of urine or urine that is dark, strong smelling or burning
● Low blood pressure
● Tachycardia or rapid heart rate
How do I increase my daily water consumption?
I used to hate water, never drank it (except in tea), and yet now I feel rubbish if I don’t drink enough! To be honest, I probably felt like this before, I just didn’t attribute it to dehydration. So, here are 7 tips for drinking more water:
1. Drink 1 – 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning – hot water and lemon is a great way to start the day and counts!
2. Keep a pitcher filled with filtered water for you to drink throughout the day in your fridge at home or on your desk at work
3. Drink 8 oz of water before exercise
4. Sip small amounts of water during exercise
5. Keep glass bottles of water in your car, at the office, by your bed (that way you have it available rather than seeking it out).
6. Add slices of fresh lemon, orange, cucumber or strawberry to your water or fresh mint
7. Space your water intake throughout the day.
What do I do now?
If you’re thirsty for more ways to stay hydrated in your busy life, then drop me a line, so you can feel energised, excited and inspired about your health.