The benefits of staying hydrated.
In this week’s blog, I wanted to talk all about the importance of water. It is something that we hear all the time, ‘have you drank enough water today?’ ‘How much water are you drinking?’ but I hope with some tips in this week’s blog you will be able to understand a little more about why it is vital to our health to make sure we are staying hydrated, and I share some tips to help you along the way.
It is easy to reach for a lovely warm cup of tea or coffee, or perhaps an ice-cold juice and forget about just drinking simple water. When the weather is nicer and we naturally reach for more drinks to cool us down.
Staying hydrated not only helps us to feel good, but it has multiple benefits to help the function of our body also. Water is vital for our health as the human body is made up of 60% water. In your spine, the discs are filled with fluid, and therefore staying hydrated will help with the health of your spine long term alongside regular adjustments. Your joints and muscles need water to help with flexibility and lubrication for daily movement too.
Do you get headaches frequently? Feeling tired or struggling to focus? Water may be one of the simplest ways to help. Approximately 80% of the brain is water, therefore by increasing our water intake we are allowing the body to function at its full potential.
If you do struggle to drink water during the day, here are my Top 3 Tips to help:
1. Get a big water bottle.
Having a water bottle that you can refill throughout the day really helps to keep you on track with how much water you are drinking. Using reusable bottles is also great for the environment as well as our health, you can buy a whole range of different patterns too, so find one which you enjoy using.
2. As well as your usual liquids, have a glass of water.
I don’t want to tell you that you can’t have your morning coffee or cup of tea in the afternoon, instead to try to have a glass of water afterwards. Caffeine can dehydrate the body so it is important to make sure we are aware, as this can cause headaches. Keeping a glass of water handy will be an easy way to remind yourself.
3. Incorporate hydration into your Morning routine.
Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning is a great way to wake the body up. It means you are already starting the day well and may encourage you to keep it up throughout the day.
When you increase your water intake, it is normal to be taking more frequent trips to the toilet as well. I understand this can be annoying, however, it is your body’s way of cleansing and clearing toxins and you will get used to it
Water has multiple benefits to your skin as well. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and drinking water helps to keep it hydrated and is great if you suffer from dry skin especially.
This month we would like to challenge you to get involved in our Hydration challenge.
We would like you to try and drink at least 2 pints of water a day. This is just over a litre of water a day; the national recommendation is 2-3litres a day. If you are already drinking that then well done, please keep it up and you will enjoy the benefits. We would love for you to share your experience with us throughout the challenge, tag us in your photos on Facebook or Instagram @postureandwellness, of your favourite time/places to drink your water. Whether this will be on a morning walk, a day out in the sunshine or in the garden we would love to see how you are getting your extra water in!
There will be a prize at the end of the month for the most creative photo!
I hope you have found this blog helpful and hopefully inspiring you to go get a glass of water and experience all the benefits.