Following Christmas many of us will be aiming to detox and rid our bodies of the Christmas sins that we have consumed over the holiday season! One way of getting our bodies in to top condition, healthy and fit is to make sure that we are hydrated. We all know that keeping on top of our water consumption is very important for everybody, especially for those of us who regularly exercise. However, so many people fail to drink the recommended 1.2 litres (6 to 8 glasses) of water a day.
During the summer it’s generally easier to drink more water as we are naturally more thirsty but in the winter it is still essential to focus on drinking plenty when during the colder months we can actually become more dehydrated. Being in centrally heated environments and using things such as electric blankets can cause our bodies to become dehydrated and it’s easy to lose track of how much water we’re losing when wearing extra layers and sweating more.
GET STARTED AND FEEL THE BENEFITS:
When our bodies are hydrated we feel less tired, more able to concentrate, our skin becomes healthy and is improved and as it flushes away toxins we’re less likely to suffer from headaches.
It may be difficult to keep up with the amount we need to drink but it is definitely worth it. Here are some tips on how to get hydrated and stay hydrated:
- Aim to drink 6 glasses of water a day and for every other non-hydrating drink you have (coffee, tea, fizzy drink etc) drink an extra glass of water to compensate
- If you find plain water boring or unappealing you could try adding lemon, ginger or honey and all of these will give your body added health benefits – lemon cleanses your system, ginger will improve your circulation and lemon and honey can help boost your immune system.
- Take a bottle of water with you everywhere you go and try to sip it regularly – you should find that rather than it becoming a chore, your body will start to rely on this and you will then feel the need to take a water bottle with you!
- For optimum hydration it is ideal to drink water at room temperature as it enters your blood stream quicker – rather than your body having to ‘heat it up’ before absorbing it. This can often be a good way to get rid of a headache.
- Once your body regularly consumes the recommended amount of water, you will then feel more thirsty, leading to you actually wanting to drink more and making the whole process easier.
HAVE YOUR SAY:
Do you have any more tips on staying hydrated? Or are you planning to start to drink more water as part of your New Year health kick? Please share anymore hydration tips on the form below, it would be great to hear from you.
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The above article is contributed by Victoria Ward of Water Coolers Direct.
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