Did you know that about 60% of your body is made up of water? That water is essential to help the body operate at all, never mind to the optimum level we would like it to. It’s also continually lost during the day through our normal bodily functions. If you’re feel tired, sluggish, are struggling to focus, have digestive issues or sore muscles or joints, there’s a good chance you’re dehydrated and need to top up your water levels.
Why do we need water?
Amongst many other things, this miracle liquid helps to:
- Keep our fluid levels in balance
- Maintain our body temperature at a healthy level
- Digest our food
- Move nutrients around the body
- Move waste and toxins out of our body
- Keep all parts of our body hydrated, including our brain, muscles, joints and skin
- Protect our spinal cord and tissues
Some other benefits of water
- It boosts our energy
- It helps us to concentrate
- It relieves headaches
- It improves our mood
- It helps us feel full, making it easier to lose weight
- It helps our body recover more quickly when we’re sick or hung-over
How much do we need?
This is a matter of much debate, with the number of recommended glasses varying from 8 to 16 a day for an adult. It also depends on age, how active you are, environmental temperature, what else you’re drinking and eating, and a host of other things. A good general rule though is to have a glass of water when you wake up, one about half an hour before a meal and then to keep a bottle on hand to sip from throughout the day. If you’re exercising, you’ll need extra to balance out the water your body uses, particularly if your exercise is high endurance.
Soft drinks, tea and coffee obviously contain water, but they also contain a lot of other things that aren’t so good for your body. Rather drink water and keep it interesting – try adding any of the following:
- Lemon, orange or grapefruit slices
- Mint or basil leaves
- Strawberries or blueberries
- Cucumber or apple
- Ginger, cinnamon and/or cloves
There’s no reason why water can’t be delicious AND good for you. Try boosting your water intake while you’re studying – you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!