Water, Agua, Eau, H2O, Woda, Acqua

Are you ready to cast your mind back to school…biology lessons…the human body? Don’t stop reading my article just yet…we are looking at water and importance of water of the health of your body.

Quick water facts:
• Your body is made up of approximately 60% water.
• Water is the main part of the tissues, cells and organs
• Its function in the body is huge:
– Lubricates joints
– Transports nutrients around the body
– Regulates temperature
– Keeps you regular
– Detoxifies the body
– Forms saliva
– Allows the body’s cells to reproduce, grow and survive.

I could go on, but I am afraid I might lose you all! The fact is that water is essential for the body to function well.

I don’t know about you but I can really tell when I need water. Not just thirsty (in actual fact if you are thirsty you are already slightly dehydrated!), but I feel sluggish, dull almost! That sounds odd I know! I just feel like I’m not firing on all cylinders!

The trouble with water, is sometimes it can be a bit dull to drink. Here’s my top tips to help jazz up the wet stuff!:
• Add a slice of lemon, lime or mint.
• Keep it in the fridge, nothing beats ice cold water
• Make the ice cubes more fun and have lemon ice cubes.
• Sounds silly, but buy yourself a new funky water bottle.

I do get it, water can be boring!  I just asked my 14 year old how would she jazz water up…..She just spat her water out as she laughed at my suggestion that it COULD be made more exciting! So that is a teen perspective on water!

So how do you increase your water consumption? Here are my suggestions:
• If you work at a desk, have a bottle on your desk and aim to drink one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
• Have a glass of water each time you have a cup of tea or coffee
• Have a water bottle in your bag; Keys, phone, purse, water!!
• Eat fruit and vegetables – they have a high water content!
• Have a glass of water with each meal.
• Have a glass of water for each alcoholic beverage you drink on a night out/in! (OR at least start with good intentions.)

Remember also, if your kids see you drinking water, eventually they will learn from you and copy your good habits! My 14 year old is getting there!

There is a lot of discrepancy on how much is the right amount of water to consume. Whilst there is no definitive amount, it will depend on age, gender, weight and activity level, the NHS recommend 6-8 glasses a day, roughly 1.2 litres a day.

If you need more encouragement, here are a couple of vanity focused reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on your daily intake!:
Skin – The skin is the biggest organ in your body FACT (back to biology!). All the organs are made up of cells and the skin is no different. Without water, the cells don’t function properly. One school of thought is that water will rid the body and skin of toxins thus clearing the skin. The skin may also appear lacklustre and dry if you are dehydrated, and so potentially more water may help the skin to look brighter.
Weight – So although drinking water won’t make you lose weight as such, replacing your high sugar, high calorie drink with water will certainly help your weight. Also, if you have a glass of water before a meal, the theory is that can fill you up a wee bit so you don’t need so much to eat. It is also worth having a drink of water if you think you are feeling hungry, or more accurately craving a snack, to see if that curbs your hunger.

It’s a big old topic this water malarkey! If you are still not sure if you are drinking enough, here are the key signs of whether you are needing more water:
• Fatigue or tiredness
• Increase heart rate
• Constipation
• Darker than a nice Chardonnay coloured urine
• Headache
• Bad breath or dry mouth.

I’ve loved doing this article, dredging up watery things from the depths of my brain!  It’s truly so important. Why not increase you water intake for the next two weeks. Note in your diary/journal/calendar how you feel and how your skin feels/looks. See if drinking the recommended amount of water can really improve your wellbeing.

I’ll leave you with this final thought, I found this on the WWW.“Drinking water is like taking a shower on the inside of your body”

Happy Drinking! x

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