Hydration Challenge

Hydration Challenge

Did you know that 75% of the population are dehydrated? So what? Do you want dry skin or to age prematurely? Are you often tired or struggle with abdominal bloating? How do you know if you are feeling the effects of dehydration? Discover the importance of water and what it can do to help improve your health and well-being.

Now, have you ever left a fresh pepper out in the sunlight? In no time at all it dries up, appears wrinkly and begins to rot. Or, consider that patch of lawn that’s left un-watered in direct sunlight. Over time the grass slowly turns brown, the soil cracks and the environment for ‘healthy’ life grinds to a halt.

Exactly the same scenario happens with the human body. The fact is that we are dehydrated before we even get out of bed, after all we have been lying under a warm duvet for around 7 hours! We then have warm car journey and work in a warm workplace. All of these things add stress to your body. The only thing is that we aren’t consciously aware of it.

For normal physiological and digestive processes to occur, it is essential that you consume adequate amounts of ‘pure water’ on a daily basis. Here are just some of the problems caused by dehydration:

Abdominal bloating after eating
Burping throughout eating and after food
Constant hunger
Muscle joint aches
Neck, shoulder and lower back pain
Digestion issues including bowel irregularity and constipation

Not to mention:

Accelerated ageing
Skin disorders
Compromised sleep
Weight gain

Decline in muscle tone

The question I often get asked is: How much water should I drink? There is an easy way to find out by following this simple calculation: Weigh yourself. Then, multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.033. This will give you the quantity you should be aiming for in litres. For example, for a person weighing 70kg:

70kg x 0.033 = 2.3 litres

During the warmer summer months, I would modify that calculation to 0.038. Simply to cater for the heat, activity and the fact that air conditioning either in vehicles or in offices will accelerate the dehydration process.

It is best to drink pure water but if you don’t like drinking water try either using filtered water or adding small amount of low sugar juice concentrate. Drink frequently during the day because binge drinking water over 2 litres of water after 6pm doesn’t work, plus it makes for a very disturbed sleep! I always have 550ml filtered water bottle with me so I can easily track my daily fluid intake. It is also advised to drink a glass of water 15 minutes before a meal to aid digestion.

Reaching for a tea or a coffee is bad news. If you consume these regularly, 6+ cups a day, the caffeine can actually dehydrate you! Also, alcohol has a dehydrating effect, so if you enjoy drinking wine, beer etc., it is recommended to consume water at the same time.

Your Challenge: Simply calculate the amount of water that you need to drink on a daily basis and commit to drinking this for the next 30 days. You will be amazed at how much better you feel by making this change.

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