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The Wonders Of Water

THE WONDERS OF WATER
ORGANS THAT WILL LOVE THIS DAY: KIDNEYS; BLADDER; HEART; SKIN
YOU MAY FEEL BENEFITS TO: LOWER BACK PAIN; UTIS; ENERGY LEVELS; HEADACHES; CONCENTRATION; WEIGHT; BAGS UNDER THE EYES

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but drinking enough water is where it’s at, health-wise.

‘Yada yada’, you’re thinking – yes, we’ve heard it a squillion times already.

Apart from the reasons you already know (water is good for your skin, your kidneys, your energy levels), here are some of the reasons why I’m making it the squillion-and-oneth time.

  • Mild dehydration has been shown to cause decreased mood, lower ability to concentrate, and headaches in women.1
  • Staying with women, attention, processing speed and working memory are seen to be worse in women who are underhydrated.2
  • Don’t think being a bloke lets you off the water hook though! Dehydration in healthy males can cause fatigue, along with feelings of tension and anxiety.3
  • Also, as you head towards midlife, your body becomes less sensitive to your blood thickening due to dehydration, so it doesn’t send you the ‘thirsty’ message as efficiently.4 Blood is thicker than water, but you don’t want treacle in your veins!
  • Dehydration can make you more breathless – the surface of the respiratory tract will be more likely to suffer from bronchoconstriction if it’s dehydrated.5
  • Mild dehydration can increase pain sensitivity and fear of how bad pain will be.6

CLEAN UP! Your blood is about 55% water and your lymph about 90% water. Stay hydrated and your body’s natural waste disposal pathways will work efficiently.

HOW TO
Put a reminder on your phone or computer, or get an app that tracks your water intake.
Have your water hot, cold, or room temperature – whichever you find nicest.
Invest in an appealing bottle that you can carry with you, or select your prettiest cup and work out how many times you need to fill it to hit your daily target.
If you really struggle, drinking through a straw often works.

AVOID HIGHLY SALTY FOODS – they cause the blood to thicken as your body increases your urination rate to get rid of the excess sodium.

HOW MUCH?

The European Food Safety Authority recommends that adequate intakes of fluid from all sources (including food) should be 2 litres per day for women and 2.5 litres per day for men. Go for an initial 1.5 litres of plain, still water daily, not counting food sources or cups of tea, coffee, herbal tea or juice. After a couple of weeks, assess how thirsty you feel. Many of my clients are amazed to find that their natural thirst re-emerges and they drink more without any effort.

Worried that drinking more water will make you feel bloated? Don’t drink it with food – leave half an hour between food and drink.

YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNEW THIS:

The human body is about 60% water, with your brain and kidneys containing the most. Dehydration can therefore contribute to brain fog and lower back pain.

REAL LIFE

I love this comment from one of my clients. ‘I wanted to let you know how much I’ve benefited from drinking lots of plain water. It’s probably been about two months at least now, maybe three, and I’ve noticed a big improvement in the occurrence of the abdominal cramps I have experienced for years. I have to admit I really only tried this experiment to prove you wrong! Lol. Now I’m sharing this information with anyone that will listen.’

1 Armstrong L E et al. Journal of Nutrition 2012; 142 (2): 382-388
2 Bethancourt, H.J., et al. Eur J Nutr (2019) doi:10.1007/s00394-019-02152-9
3 Ganio MS et al. British Journal of Nutrition 2011; 106 (10): 1535-1543
4 Meade R et al. The Journal of Physiology 2020; 0.00: 1-16
5 Kim KB & Kwak YS. J Exerc Rehabil. 2019; 15 (5): 647-650
6 Bear T et al. Psychophysiology 2016; 53 (5): 605-610

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