I’m sure you’ve heard it countless times, you know … to DRINK WATER! I don’t know how you would have missed it if you haven’t been told (or read) at least once to drink more water. There are claims of it’s ‘healing’ powers all over the world wide web, and if you do a little reading you may come across certain ‘facts’ that leave you with a little disbelief. You and me both! Well, that’s until you eliminate other liquids from your diet and push through to the point that water is your main source of hydration.
I never thought in a million years that I would be able to drink water and enjoy it! I preferred my soft drinks and juices, and couldn’t stomach having to chug down that tasteless liquid (H²O)… and what for!? There were so many better tasting things to drink. That’s what my accustomed mind says to itself anyway … it’s all in the head.
In my quest to find a healthier way to live, I stopped putting any soft drinks or juices in my mouth (mainly because of the information I found during my research). All I allowed myself was green tea and water. Okay I’m waffling on. Here’s my opinion on water, DRINK MORE OF IT. Since I changed to water, I quickly learnt what quenching your thirst REALLY meant. I can definitely attest to it’s healing properties as I feel the clear difference in well-being just by eliminating all the other rubbish. I can almost say I experienced the same ‘healing’ effect as I did after I stopped puffing the poison inside cigarettes. Don’t be fooled by products that claim to be healthy and beneficial to drink. There’s only one you can rely on, water. I didn’t even need to say that.
- Drink a glass of water 20 mins before or after your meal, and if you suffer from acid reflux, avoid drinking any liquids with or wihin 20 mins of meal time.
- Get into the habit of having a glass of water just before bed time, and right after getting up in the morning.
- Drinking high volumes of water in one sitting is not recommended. It’s more advisable to spread your daily allowance evenly during your day.
It is absolutely crucial to remain hydrated during any form of exercise. The first drawback to dehydration is diminished performance. The water we lose through sweating comes from blood plasma. Plasma is the vehicle for red blood cells, which contain the oxygen that muscles need in order to perform. As you become dehydrated, your total blood volume is reduced, and the oxygen-carrying capability of your blood decreases. If you continue to exercise without proper fluid intake, you may experience a drop in blood pressure, feel faint, dizzy or nauseous. These are the symptoms of heat exhaustion. If you keep going, your body’s ability to dissipate heat is further impaired and you may suffer heat stroke. Especially during hot weather conditions.
- Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells.
- Moisturises the air in lungs.
- Helps with metabolism.
- Protects our vital organs.
- Assists with nutrient absorption.
- Regulates body temperature.
- Protects and moisturises our joints.
Every cell in your body needs water. That is why it is so important to drink enough of it. For example, the brain consists of 90% water, if you do not supply enough water to your body, your brain cannot function well, and you will get headaches or migraines. If you feel fatigue and headaches, it may be a sign of dehydration.
How much water should I drink?
Here’s the formula:
- Weigh yourself.
- Convert from whatever weight unit your scale uses (eg Kg) to pounds.
- Take that number and halve it.
- The number you end up with is how many ounces of water you should drink.
- You weigh 60kgs.
- That means you weigh 132 pounds.
- Half of 132 is 66.
- 66 ounces of water is roughly 1952 ml.
- An average glass of water is 250ml.
- 1952 divided by 250 is 7.8.
- That means you need to drink 7.8 (call it 8) glasses of water.