Stay hydrated: prime your body and mind to perform at its peak
Drink water throughout your day to fortify your holistic health and wellbeing
Did you know that the human body is 60% water? Yes, that’s the level of fluid required for your cells, organs, and tissues to function properly. As when you stay hydrated, your body is equipped to function effectively. Hydration helps regulate your body temperature, lubricate your joints, and support your overall bodily functions too. But if your fluid levels dip, it can cause your energy to slump, your concentration to fade, and your immune system to weaken.
To stay hydrated each day, ensure you drink water and eat water-rich foods. After all, your body loses water regularly from breathing, sweating, and digestion. To keep your fluids up, the average man should drink 2.5 litres of water per day and the average woman should drink 2 litres of water per day. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, your body needs even more — speak to your GP or a health professional for individual advice for your specific needs.
How hydration benefits your body
By remembering to drink water, you will generally feel better throughout the day and notice a range of improvements to your overall health and wellbeing. Here’s three top benefits you’ll notice when you stay hydrated:
Perform at your physical best
Your body is always primed to physically perform when it’s hydrated. That includes sports performance, body temperature control, and motivation levels. It also helps your joints and muscles function smoothly which in turn benefits a reduction in possible pain and discomfort.
Boost your energy and brain performance
Even minimal dehydration can cause your concentration to lapse, your mood to drop and your energy to slump. Keep a glass of water at your desk and keep sipping.
Headaches can be caused by dehydration. In conjunction with maintaining your optimal spinal health, drinking water to keep hydrated can help reduce the prevalence of headaches.
How to stay hydrated
If you don’t carry a water bottle with you, it’s easy for your fluid levels to drop when you’re busy. Here’s a few tips how you can keep up your H20:
- Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. Instead, ensure you routinely drink water throughout the day. Preferably, drink water when you first wake up and with every snack or meal during the day. Try to ensure you are fully hydrated more than an hour before bed. This enables you to relieve yourself before you head to bed. It gives you a good shot at a good night’s sleep without having to wake for a wee!
- Include water-rich fruit and vegetables in your diet. Vegetables like cucumber, tomato, lettuce, and celery have a high-water content which help you stay hydrated. Or, snack on fruit like apples, watermelon or peaches to boost your fluid intake between meals.
- Stay hydrated by keeping inside or in the shade during hot times of the day. This helps limit perspiration and body temperature variation which both drain water from your body.
- Pay attention to your body and be aware of the common signs of dehydration. If you start to feel dizzy, have a dry mouth or have yellow wee you might be dehydrated. Seek shade, sip water or boost rehydration with an electrolyte drink (like Hydrolyte or powdered magnesium).
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