Throughout history water has been known as the source of life and makes up 60-70% of our body. Whilst we can go without food for some time and regular intermittent fasting is known to be good for us, we can’t go without water.
Throughout history water has been associated with its healing and purifying properties and is an essential ingredient not just in terms of maintaining a youthful complexion, but also in terms of maintaining your overall health.
Keeping you mentally alert
Most of us probably experience a mid-afternoon slump, regardless of the season as our sugar levels fluctuate, to keep your energy levels up and to remain bright and perky throughout your day ensure you regularly drink water. Your brain is 75% water, so naturally you are going to feel less alert when you are dehydrated.
Not only is it good for your body but it is great for your skin
Water helps you to keep infections at bay by regularly flushing these through your system. Water does wonders for your skin and over time you will physically see how much more radiant your skin looks from drinking the right quantity of water.
Keeping you hydrated whilst working out
If you regularly work out in the gym or go running, drinking sufficient quantities of water to keep your muscles supple and to prevent stiffness and aches and pains following your workout is vital. Keep a bottle of water to hand to sip throughout your workouts.
Supporting you with a good night’s sleep
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night feeling particularly parched? Keep a large bottle of water and a glass on your bedside table. Water helps in providing you with a sound night’s sleep by balancing chemicals and serotonin in your body, enabling you to fall asleep faster.
Do you want to shift some pounds?
If you are trying to lose weight, ensure that you regularly drink water instead of reaching for sugary snacks. Often you think you are hungry when you are actually dehydrated, so before reaching for a snack, drink a glass of water first. Water helps your body to flush through fatty deposits and to speed up your metabolism.
Tips and tricks
So, what is the right amount of water? 2 – 3 liters should be sufficient dependent on your lifestyle, climate and your eating habits.
The easiest way to drink water is to start early in the morning, and if you don’t enjoy the taste of water, try adding slices of lemon, mint leaves or cucumber to your water, all of which provide a refreshing taste.
Try to replace your morning coffee or tea, with a jug of water and keep this on your desk to hand so that you regularly sip water throughout the day. Keep this up for a minimum of 14 days and before you know it, your body will be craving water and you will look forward to feeling energetic and ready for anything life presents to you.