So we live in Galway where the climate is not always fantastic, but over the last few days we’ve being experiencing a mini heatwave! An increase in temperature means dehydration is more likely, so keeping hydrated is more important than ever! Even mild dehydration can be a big issue.
Did You Know That The Average Human Body Is 75% Water!
Dehydration affects many of us especially those of us who like to keep active. It’s massively important to maintain hydration levels during the day. The best way to achieve this is by sipping on water regularly throughout the day rather than getting to a stage where you feel thirsty. When you reach that stage, chances are your body is already dehydrated and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other issues.
The Benefits of Staying Hydrated:
A lot of the time when we think we are hungry we are in fact just thirsty. Water is a natural appetite suppressant believe it or not. When we are dehydrated we are starving the cells of our body.
Often when we have headaches it is simply a matter of not drinking enough water.
Water is the most vital source of energy in the body. Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired.
Drinking water can help clear up your skin and help you look more fresh and glowing. Dehydration impairs the elimination of toxins through the skin and makes it more vulnerable to all types of skin disorders including dermatitis and psoriasis as well as premature wrinkling and aging.
Our digestive system needs an adequate amount of water to digest food properly. Water alongside fibre can help relieve and prevent constipation.
Cleansing and Kidney Health
Water is used by the body to flush out toxins and waste.
We all know it is essential to drink water when exercising, being dehydrated can severely hinder your workouts. It can slow you down and make your workouts seem so much harder than they have to be.
Mix It Up
For those of you who do not particularly enjoy the taste of water, you can spice things up by adding different fruits and spices to your water. I normally put some fresh lime and a big piece of ginger into mine, making it so much easier to reach that 2 litre per day mark. Many fruits and veggies are also very hydrating.