When people ask me to help them with their diets, the first thing I tell them is to make sure they are drinking enough water.
It is not very exciting, but it is the most important resource for our body. It is needed for life and provides essential functions for health.
Our body will only last a few days without water, but it can survive weeks without food.
• maintains normal body temperature
• Hydrates skin
• Moistens eyes, mouth and nose
• Lubricates our joints and muscles
• Maintains electrolyte balance (critical to support important activities of vital organs)
• Flows through the blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells
• Flushes waste out of our bodies
• Reduces chances of kidney stones
• Can help with constipation
• Impacts brain and mental capacity
• Can prevent over eating
• Improves overall health
• Maximises performance and makes us better at what we do
The point that drinking plenty of water can prevent over eating will probably be of most interest to people reading this. Often when we think we are hungry, we may just be thirsty.
Aim to drink at least 2-3 litres of water per day. One simple way of knowing if you are drinking enough is by checking the colour of your urine. Clear/light yellow urine means you are hydrated, dark yellow gives the indication you are dehydrated and need to drink more.
There is nothing better for us to drink than water, it is available for next to no cost and we are lucky enough to be able to drink as much as we like.