As a lot of people struggle to drink as much water as they should, I thought I would write a little post of some important reasons why we should make an effort to consume enough water in a day!!
Ideally, you should really aim for about 2 litres of water a day (weight dependent). However, don’t be put off by this as there are easier ways to drink enough.
Every day, I carry a bottle with me and make sure I refill it once or twice a day. Before all this, I will make a point of drinking a glass of water in the morning before I leave the house. I use to have a fancy infuser water bottle so made an effort of putting stuff like a slice of lemon in it in the morning, but this phase slowly died down. However, it did make it a lot easier to drink and it was very refreshing. Sometimes when I have just had back-to-back classes, I feel quite dehydrated (even though I have drank throughout) and am always tempted to have an irn bru or something. A word of warning though: although fizzy drinks taste soo good at the time, it really isn’t good for your insides and will make you feel worse- and ultimately dehydrated/ thirstier.
Why do we really need water though?
The body literally needs enough water to survive. You can go a few weeks without eating anything, but the body can only last 3 days without water. Even that wouldn’t be a fun 3 days.
It plays a vital role in the functioning of the body, regulating the insides and keeping your brain functioning. If you don’t have enough water, you are likely to suffer from headaches, fatigue and even memory loss. It can even cause general joint and muscle pain as the body is weaker and begins to try and ‘steal’ the water from the joints.
Toxins that lead to inflammation- and spots! Are flushed out by water, so eventually your skin will be clearer. Additionally, wrinkles are less likely to appear if you are hydrated so you can look younger.
Water helps move substances around the body, like blood plasma, keeping the pH tip top and helping the immune system by circulating antibodies and working efficiently.
When it is that awkward in-between time between your lunch break and finishing time and you are craving some sugar or caffeine, the chances are- you are slightly dehydrated and beginning to feel fatigued. This also helps preventing you from binge eating, as drinking reduces the feeling of hunger and then maybe even stop you from putting on weight (obviously snacks here and there won’t be the end of the world, I just mean to get out the frequent habit)
If you couldn’t be bothered reading all that, here is a little summary!
So instead of depending on your fizzy drinks or caffeine to give you a short time boost, drink some more water!