We all know the importance of keeping hydrated with plenty of water, so why is it that at least one in five women in the UK consumes less than the recommended daily intake?
Government guidelines suggest 2 litres for men, and 1.6 litres for women as a daily minimum but many doctors and researchers suggest up to 3 litres per day. Personally, 1.6 litres wouldn’t be nearly enough for me. I probably drink around 2 litres of water plus 4 cups of green tea per day and I very much notice when I’ve not had enough! My skin starts to feel tight and I feel lethargic and fatigued.
There are many health benefits linked to drinking plenty of water. The adult human body is made up of up to 60% water and every system and function of our body depends on H2o. It flushes toxins from the vital organs, carries nutrients to cells, provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues and eliminates waste from the body. When you starve yourself of the sufficient amount of water, all of these functions become impaired.
Water acts as a lubricant within the body, even encouraging better flexibility in the joints which is beneficial for everyone of all ages. It has natural stress receiving properties, even just the sound of waves or running water triggers a soothing response in the body and lowers stress.
Aside from the medical benefits, drinking plenty of water comes with many beauty benefits. It keeps skin youthful and less likely to dry out, therefore plumping the appearance of wrinkles and giving a dewy look. It creates a glossy hydrated look on the hair and keeps the cuticles hydrated.
It helps to burn fat and contains no calories. It also helps build healthy muscle as it carries oxygen to the cells that build and strengthen the muscle tissue. An imbalance if electrolytes leads to discomfort, such a muscle fatigue – drinking water helps maintain this proper balance needed to strengthen muscles. And we all know the importance of hydrating throughout a workout, particularly cardiovascular where you’re loosing fluids through sweat.
Water has healing properties and can help the body heal faster when sick or undergoing treatments. It helps to protect the bodies organs and tissues and helps lessen the burden on your kidneys and liver to flush out toxins and other waste products.
These are just some of the main benefits – there is an endless amount of benefits from drinking water. It is such a basic thing that we all take for granted yet it is so important to make your body function well. I challenge all of my readers to drink 3 litres of water per day for the next month, and see if you feel any differences. Let me know in the comments below.
Tips For Drinking More Water
• Infuse for a few hours with different flavours – citrus fruits, strawberries, ginger, cucumber, mint leaves… These all contribute their own health benefits whilst making your water a bit more interesting.
• Work out how much you should be drinking each hour and mark it off on a large bottle, that way you’ll know you’re on track and won’t feel the need to down a tone of water in the evening!