We should be aiming to drink 2 litres of water each day. I suggest that my clients carry a drink bottle with them at all times to ensure easy access. Many people don’t understand the importance of hydration. We are made up of 50-70% water. Our brains are 85% water! Literally every cell in our body is made up of water so we need it in order to function properly. I think some people don’t realise how much better they would feel if they increased their water intake for a few days until they’re properly hydrated. Make sure you keep track of your water intake each day. Some people don’t have a thirst trigger and some people mistake their thirst trigger for hunger so don’t rely on ‘feeling thirsty’ to regulate your water intake.
Water is vital if you experience any of the following common complaints:
Headaches – one of the most common causes of headaches is dehydration. I’ve written about natural headache cures here and the first tip on my list is hydration.
Concentration – if you experience brain fog, lack concentration, have trouble focusing or are easily distracted, it is vital that you increase your water intake. The activities of the brain and nervous system are dependent on water. The brain is made of approximately 85% water. Adequate hydration ensures optimal brain function. I’ve shared natural concentration tips here.
Weight Gain – consuming water ensures your metabolism is operating optimally. Your body must be well hydrated in order to burn calories efficiently. I’ve shared some tips on how to boost your metabolism here.
Liver – hydration is required to ensure liver bile can flow effectively. Liver bile is responsible for assisting with the digestion of fats to ultimately result in proper weight management. I’ve shared my top weight loss tips here.
Kidney – adequate hydration ensures that the kidneys can filter out unwanted toxins. Passing clear urine with little to no smell indicates that your water intake is adequate and your kidneys are effective.
Digestion – hydration helps to remove excess toxins for optimal bowel and digestive health. Don’t drink with meals as liquid will dilute digestive enzymes. For more tips on digestive health, read this.
Skin – you skin shows exactly how hydrated your body is. Essentially, your skin is a reflection of what’s happening inside. If you have any skin complaints, consider increasing your water intake. Here are some more skin tips.
Lymphatics – adequate hydration ensures that the lymph fluid can flow properly. The lymphatic system transfers waste and dead cells from our body to the bloodstream ready for detoxification by the liver.