When you are super busy, on the go and work is all consuming, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water. You know you need to take a break but you also just gotta get that job done…….and the job wins…….but you lose.
IF you want to be/stay at the top of your game then you need to know how important water is.
We have 4 of our top tips about water to share with you.
Your brain is 75% water – to stay focused and productive don’t let your brain dry like a sponge – it will act like a sieve. Nourish and protect it now to have greater brain capacity and you will reap the rewards in the long term too.
Your muscles are also 75% water – to be free of aches from those hours at the computer, or training hard – hydrate!!
Your eyes are 95% water – so if they are getting dry and tired too quick, dehydration could be a factor.
Your blood is 83% water – your blood is your life force, imagine it thick and sticky, do you think you will feel energised and alert?……no, you will be sluggish and frustrated with yourself.
You also need water to help detoxify your colon, lymph, skin and kidneys, to carry oxygen around your body, increase your metabolic rate, to absorb your nutrients, cushion your joints, for cell to cell communication and optimal energy.
BIOHACK #1 – To stay mentally switched on, ache free, energized and performing at your peak you need to drink 15mls of water per 1lb of body weight.
If you have any of these symptoms, dehydration is playing a part!!
- Mental fuzziness
- Old age diabetes
- Headache and migraine
- Joint and back pain
- Autoimmune diseases
- Dry mouth
- Hunger or loss of appetite
- Decrease in metabolism
- Weight gain
- Afternoon slump
- Dry skin
- Dimply water retention/oedema
Mild dehydration can occur with just 2% decrease in your ideal daily amount, yes, just 2%. Dehydration is so easy to prevent. So instead of ignoring your thirst – go and get a drink!!!!
How do you get more fluids in your diet?
- Start your day with a glass of water – preferable 20mins before eating
- Drink water or herbal teas throughout the day
- Drink fresh juices and smoothies
- Eat soups and stews
- Flavour water with fruit, cucumber, mint, goji berries
- You need to drink more water when exercising or when you take a hot bath
And I’m sure you know that:
Sparkling water, alcohol, fizzy drinks, coffee and black tea all dehydrate you, but you keep on drinking them to get you through the day, to relax at night, or just because it’s a habit. Stop and think about the long-term consequences of that. Do you want to be someone who gives into a negative habit, or someone who wants to make new better ones. It only takes a little more effort for a few days and then it becomes a lifestyle.