Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Hydration Tips

This is my 'around the house bottle' which gets constantly filled up with water during the day and comes with me into my study, to the dinner table, and to the couch

We all know that a common guideline for how much water we should be drinking each day is 8 glasses (which is equal to 2L), but do you actually drink that much?

Here are a few of my tips to help fit in your daily water needs:

1. Have a glass of water before coffee, and then another one after it. Same goes for soft drink.

2. Bring a water bottle with you EVERYWHERE (preferably one that is BPA free). And make sure you actually fill it up before going out.

3. Have at least 1-2 glasses of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. I keep a bottle of water on my bedside table to make it super convenient, which I fill up every night before going to bed - which leads me to my next point...

4. Keep a bottle of water next to your bed, so if you do wake up thirsty you don't have to get up, or turn any lights on.

5. Snack on high water content foods like cucumber, watermelon and apples

6. Have a glass of water before having a morning and afternoon snack, and before having dessert - sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger

7. Only ever take medications with water. I know so many people that take their medications with coffee, tea or soft drink - these reduce drug effectiveness, which leads many to up their dosage, which leads to an increased risk of side effects

I know these all seem really easy, and you've probably heard them all before, so WHY AREN'T YOU DOING THEM?
Dehydration can lead to so many health issues including constipation, foggy head, headaches, reduced digestion, increased risk of urinary tract infections and dull, dry skin, just to name a few.
We are so blessed to be living in a country with readily available drinking water, there is no excuse for you to be dehydrated.

By following my tips above, you should be getting 7-8 glasses of water in each day, broken down into:
- 1-2 glasses of water after waking/while getting ready, before breakfast (extra points if you add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to prepare your digestive system for breakfast)
- 1 glass before your morning coffee
- 1 glass after your morning coffee
- 1 glass before morning tea/smoko
- 1 glass before afternoon tea
- 1 glass before dessert
- 1 glass before bed

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional.

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