When we become thirsty, we’re often already be a bit dehydrated. Most studies show that about 2/3 of us are dehydrated and need to drink more water.
So it’s this simplistic drink that is often overlooked, and possibly not revered as the body’s vital cure to common ailments.
Here are some subtle signals that your body could be sending, asking for more water.
- Fatigue and/or mood swings
- Hunger even though you’ve recently eaten
- Back or joint aches
- Dull, dry skin and/or pronounced wrinkles
- Infrequent urination; dark, concentrated urine, and/or constipation
- By simply swapping out all sweetened, bottled beverages for pure water can help one achieve a healthy body weight.
- Staying hydrated could avoid one from overeating, as we can confuse our thirst and hunger signals. Drink a glass of water before that next snack.
- Drinking water will help flush out toxins and waste from the body and transports nutrients to where they are needed.
Ditch the Bottled Water
Firstly, toxic chemicals that leach from plastic bottles into our water is not healthy! Then there’s the sheer volume of plastic waste these bottles create; the lack of adequate recycling capability for plastics; and the amount of oil required to manufacture them make for such unnecessary waste.
A healthier choice for ourselves and our planet, would be to opt for a home-fitted water filter, store water in glass, metal or a re-usable BPA-free plastic bottle.
Your 5 best new water habits
- Water on waking – work your way up to 600 ml of water before your feet hit the floor
- Water & meals – drink 15 minutes before a meal, not during and wait an hour after your meal
- Consistency is key – frequent sipping is more beneficial than downing water in infrequent spurts
- Thirst makers – increase your intake around physical activity, massage and in high temperatures
- Trips to pee – on average, a healthy number of bathroom visits is around seven or eight per day
Here’s a guideline formula to calculate an approximate amount of water to drink per day: 35ml/kg of body weight/day
See 3 delightful fruit and herb infused water recipes
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