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Learning to remember to take your water bottle with you can be a challenge. When I had my first water bottle I remember running back to different places too often (embarrassingly) when I was out and about because I had forgotten I had a water bottle and left it. Over time it became a habit and I haven’t forgotten my water bottle in strange places in the last couple of years.
It seems that we are always looking for a new health trick that can improve how we feel straight away. Well, if you aren’t drinking enough water increasing your water intake can significantly improve your well-being.
This simple trick can help reduce headaches and muscle cramping as well as help you feel better all over because a properly hydrated body performs much better. For instance your digestive system will work better as the water in your saliva and stomach secretions work better to metabolise your food. Your blood will be able to transport nutrients and oxygen to the body more efficiently. Your joints will be better lubricated, and the body will be able carry waste products out of the body via urine.
If you wait till you are already thirsty for a drink you are already not at an optimum hydration level. Our thirst system lags and so we are only notified when we are already quite thirsty. Even when are notified by our thirst we often mistake it for hunger.
Water plays an important role in maintaining optimal health. Our bodies are made up of 60-75% water. Of that 60-75% even 1-2% loss in fluids from your body weight can negatively affect performance and percentage losses greater than 3% can have adverse health effects such as dehydration, headaches, or fatigue. Keep in mind too much water could result in mineral imbalance.
To be at the sweet spot of balance between dehydration and mineral imbalance we need figure out how much water is right for us as individuals and this value depends on a variety of different factors. On average, men should ingest about 3 litres (13 cups) and women about 2.2 litres (9 cups of water each day). Besides water, fresh fruits and vegetables can help with hydration..The best way to tell if you're hydrated is to monitor your urine ( I know it’s a bit ew but proper hydration is important)
If your urine is deep amber in colour you are most likely are dehydrated. The concentrated colour is due to the fact that the body needs a certain amount of fluid to function and if you don’t have enough water circulating in your body it’ll hold on to fluid making your urine more concentrated than usual. If you are too hydrated it’ll be pale and transparent. We want it to be pale straw colour.
To make drinking enough water a consistent ritual it needs to become a habit and new habits needs concentrated effort in the first month or two. Firstly, if you don’t have a water bottle, find one. With a water bottle you’ll be able to reuse your bottle and save money on buying bottled water (Plus, you’ll be casually reducing the amount of plastic usage in the world).
Secondly, remind yourself to drink some water every hour by setting an alarm on your phone until it becomes something you do by habit. Oh, and don’t forget to check what colour your pee is.
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DISCLAIMER: None of the above is medical advice. I am not a doctor, just a girl who drinks a lot of water + tea.