Health Tips: Drink Water!

Yes, we all know this! But do we all do it?! It took me a long time to get into the habit of drinking water on a regular basis every day. Changing to drinking water is about 80% habit and 20% getting used to the taste (or should I say lack of taste) compared to your current choice of drink. You must train yourself, initially anyway, to drink water. Most people don't actually have their first drink until they are already passed the point of dehydration. Don't let yourself get thirsty. Keep yourself hydrated. The benefits of hydrating with water are profound (more on this later). It is much easier to consume water in the morning because your body actually needs it after going 8 hours without. So I suggest you drink at least 1 litre between getting up and lunch time. One litre bottles are quite manageable to carry so take one with you when you leave the house in the morning and drink it on your journey to work. You will be amazed at how easy it is to consume this first bottle. Admittedly, it gets a little more difficult after this because you may want a coffee mid morning and then you have lunch. These things can get in the way of you drinking water, it's the afternoon that you need to remind yourself more to keep topping up on water. If you have a desk job, leave your second 1 litre bottle in front of you and make sure it is gone before you leave for home. Otherwise, ensure you always have your bottle of water close by. Believe me when it comes to water, out of sight out of mind. After I've had my evening meal, I don't drink any more water so I don't have any mid night trips to the bathroom (and I like a cup of tea in the evening).

Our bodies are made up of 70% water, so that should tell you just how much we need this fluid for our bodies to function to their maximum capacity. On many occasions when I have woke up with a headache, the first thing I do (which I do anyway) is drink a glass of water. Nine times out of ten, this gets rid of my headache, meaning I was simply dehydrated. Some people will drink water if they feel hungry to stop this feeling (this doesn't actually work for me but does for many people I know). Also, quite often when people think they are hungry, they are actually thirsty.

We all know the benefits of drinking water and they really aren't a myth. Before I mastered the habit of drinking water, I found continually reading about the benefits helped me to get into the habit. So, I'm not trying to tell you anything new here, simply remind you and maybe this time will be the time that you are convinced enough to give it a go:

1) Flushes out toxins by getting rid of waste through sweating and urination (your pee should be clear).

2) Promotes a clear glowing complexion by hydrating the skin which keeps wrinkles at bay. This is a great anti ageing treatment. Water will prevent your skin from drying out. If you don't drink enough water, your body will rob water from your skin for other necessary functions, thus drying out the skin.

3) Water promotes weight loss in so far as it helps you to stop snacking by filling you up, you are (hopefully) replacing sugary drinks with water, it has zero calories and it raises your metabolism, which helps to burn fat.

4) Your brain is 90% water, so drinking 2 litres of water a day will help you concentrate better and keep you alert and boost your energy levels.

5) Water aids digestion and prevents constipation.

6) It boosts your immune system so if you become a regular drinker of water (aim for 2 litres per day), you will reduce your likelihood of catching colds and flus and other ailments.

7) Dehydration causes headaches, so instead of popping pills, drink water. Most headaches are a result of dehydration (hangovers anyone?!). If you suffer from regular headaches (I'm not referring to those with genuine medical conditions), then increase your intake of water and you should see a huge improvement.

8) Water will keep your joints and muscles lubricated so keep you more supple and robust.

The benefits are endless. I would like to say ease your way in but I'm not going to. Get up tomorrow and start drinking water! 1.5 -2 litres per day!

lifestyleBy Regina Turk