We are made up of around 60% water and loose and gain it in every day activities, weather we lead sedentary or active lifestyles, though the amount we loose will vary person to person. Today I’m looking at the importance of hydration and why we should try to aim for a 2 liter/8 glass consumption of water on a day-to-day basis.
Water acts to keep our joints lubricated, our skin supple, our brains running well, it can keep us alert, aid digestion, regulate our temperature, get rid of toxins and a whole host of other things. It keeps us and our cells healthy and keeps everything ticking along nicely.
Without water we can get all sorts of health problems – tiredness, joint aches and pains, lack in concentration, oxygen can not be delivered around our body via our blood system as quickly and easily, muscle fatigue, digestive problems, build up of toxins in our system and dehydration.
It is recommended that we drink around 2 liters of water each day, which is around 8 glasses. We can loose around this much a day via the production of sweat and urine alone so need to keep this level topped up. If we exercise then we may need to drink more.
I try to drink 2 liters a day by having half a pint to a pint in the morning upon waking, 2 – 3 pints of water when at work, a pint upon returning from work and half a pint to a pint before bed. There are water bottles you can get that hold 2 liters of water with little markers on them to show how much water you have consumed and help with knowing how much you still need to drink, these can be really helpful to have. I always carry around a bottle of water in my car and bag which I can drink from when needed too.
If the weather (or heating in your room/office/home) is warm then you may need to drink more than the recommended water.
How do you monitor your water intake?