WATER, WATER, WATER!!!!
I have decided to do an article about WATER specifically for my partner and of course all you other beautiful people out there that don’t realise the importance and power behind it. Unfortunately not all of us are educated enough to know what is and what isn’t imperative to the body. Quite often I would ask my partner if he has had any water today and his reply is usually “Doesn’t wine contain water?” Or “Beer is 92% water!”
Hmmmmmm, that usually gets me a little wound up because I realise the damage he is doing in the long run.
So this article is for YOU my lovely.
OK, I truly don’t want to bore my readers and will try to get straight to the point.
FACT: If you don’t have water you will DIE!
FACT: If you don’t drink enough water you will become DEHYDRATED, dehydration means water deficient.
A quick story I would like to share to you all about dehydration and how it affected me last year over the Christmas break. Due to the fact I had so much on, Christmas day at our house, cleaning, sorting out our family camping trip and not to mention it was probably one of the hottest summers to-date, I forgot to consume the daily recommendation of water and instead upped the coffee intake along with the wines as you do during the festive season. So what happened one day out of the blue was when I stood up from my computer desk I was struck by dizziness as well as I was seeing spots (you know that feeling when you look at the sun and then close your eyes and spots are flying everywhere). I had to sit down because I had no idea what the hell was happening. I then tried texting my partner but my responses were exceptionally slow and I was taking forever to text, I couldn’t even think how to spell the simplest words! Finally I got hold of my partner and he thought I hadn’t eaten enough. Surely enough after I had some lunch 20 minutes later I was fine. This happened about 3 more times over the Christmas break but with about a week between these weird a happenings and every time they did pop up I just ate something thinking that was the problem. Eventually I went to the doctors and found out I was extremely dehydrated which was also causing me to have low blood pressure. Scary stuff really. Now I carry a bottle of water around with me everywhere. So moral of the story is DRINK WATER!!!
Because our bodies are made up of over 70% water there are some pretty compelling reasons to keeping ourselves hydrated:
Drinking keeps our skin glowing, helps with digestion, bowl motions and weight loss. It helps us metabolise our food which in turn helps our energy levels. It elevates our moods and brain function, boosts our immune system and decreases our appetite as well as helps flush out toxins. Drinking also thins the blood, which, apart from making life a little easier on your heart, also reduces the frequency of headaches and the likelihood of clots forming. Boom!
Ok what happens if we don’t drink enough water? Where do I start. Being dehydrated can cause you to gain weight, become lethargic and lack motivation. Your energy levels drop as your body’s machine loses it’s efficiency. Toxins start to build up which can lead to a diminished ability to fight off disease and illness. Your mood can suffer, with swings in emotional state. Most important, ladies, it can lead to fine lines and wrinkles…YUCK, YUCK, YUCK! Overall you will find it very difficult to feel fantastic if your body has insufficient water to function well.
Water requirements can vary per person but basically the average person needs to consume at least 8 glasses of water per day. Well, that’s what they say. You may be terrified of drowning if you drink 8 glasses, so my suggestion is this: make a plan to drink two additional glasses of water a day, over and above what you are already drinking. Perhaps a glass before lunch and a glass before dinner. Once you have become accustomed to that you can start adding more.
Another thing to remember is that we can often get confused between thirst and hunger, so instead of drinking water we will consume food which contains calories opposed to water that doesn’t. Next time you feel peckish have a glass of water and see how you feel.
The benefits of drinking water definitely out weighs the negatives. If you find water extremely boring and can’t think of anything worse, then add a little lemon, lime and ice to it or have herbal drinks. There are ways around everything.
Thanks for reading my blog! I’m feeling quite elated at having got my first ever post completed. Feel free to leave some feedback in the comments section, or ask me anything you want, I’m always happy to help.
Copyright Angela Kenny 2015