Drinking Water: Benefits and Tips

If you get headaches, feel tired, struggle to concentrate, get constipation and other symptoms it could be dehydration? As our bodies are about 60% water and the brain is 75% water you can understand how those symptoms, and more, present in the body if you do not hydrate.


Of course always check any unusual symptoms with your GP, but if it is dehydration there is a solution... drink more water. Sounds simple, but can feel like a marathon when recommendations range from 1 litre to 3 litres! But in his book The 4 Pillar Plan GP Dr Chatterjee suggests that 1.2 litres of water for a person with an average active lifestyle is a manageable and beneficial amount. Here are some great benefits and tips:


Benefits:

  • Increased energy and less fatigue

  • More efficient bowel movement, with reduced constipation and bloating

  • Less muscles aches

  • Looser joints

  • Clearer skin

  • Better concentration

  • Improved memory

  • Reduces sugar cravings

  • Improved exercise performance

  • Reduces headaches

  • May prevent kidney stones

  • May help reduce the risk of bladder infections


Tips to help you drink more water:

  • Start the day with a large glass of water. After 12 hours without fluid a great boost to start the day

  • Have a glass of water instead of a between meal snack

  • Drink water 30 minutes before a meal

  • Set a water drinking alarm on your phone

  • Add fresh lemon, orange slices, cucumber, mint or other fruit to infuse a flavour into the water

  • Drink non caffeine teas (remember Green tea does have caffeine)

  • Buy a 500-600ml bottle and aim to finish one full bottle before lunch and another before dinner



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