You may not of realized it but getting enough water is a very important factor in supporting your health and promoting optimal wellbeing.
Water plays an essential role in ensuring that both body and brain function well. Our bodies are made up of close to 70% of water, with the brain being 75% water.
So you can imagine what the slightest amount of dehydration can do to your cognition. Dehydration can significantly slow our reaction time, and impair our working memory and ability to complete complex tasks.
Not convinced? Here are some other benefits of drinking water
Improved circulation and temperature control.
As your blood consists of 83% water, this one is a no brainer. When you’re dehydrated your circulatory system is strained and therefore works inefficiently.
When your body is hydrated, you place less strain on your organs. This means that your blood flow
Improves skin texture
Whilst your skin texture and wrinkles are largely affected by your diet and sun exposure, drinking your water and keeping hydrated also helps.
Why? Because your skin contains up to 30% water, and keeping hydrated helps your skin to look plump.
Drinking water while you eat can help break down food. Water during a meal is not essential to food digestion however it does help flush waste from the intestines
Supporting the body to detox
Drinking water helps you flush toxins from your body, allowing your body to function optimally.
Assists the body with weight loss
Drinking your recommended 8+ cups a day helps you to feel fuller. Why? When you are hydrated you are able to regulate your hunger, as you don’t confuse thirst signals for hunger.
So how much water should you drink?
This is not a straight forward answer, as there are a few factors to consider. Things like your activity level, environment and weight need to be take into account.
As a rule of thumb, 1 litre per 30kgs of body weight per day.
However if you are exercising you will need significantly more, as you lose a considerable amount of fluid through perspiration.
Coffee does not count towards your fluid intake.
Caffeine acts as a diuretic, so if you drink coffee you will need to slightly increase your fluid intake to create a balance.
Not all water is created equal, the quality of the water you drink is important, and therefore filtered or spring waters are best as they minimise chemical contaminants, heavy metals and other pollutants.
It is also important to think about how you store your water, as plastic bottles can leach chemicals into your water after exposure in the sun.
So time to get sipping.