Hi, I'm back with the final installment of my Start Living Your Best Life blog.
In this final installment, I will be writting about the last of my 3 pillars - hydration.
You may be thinking - really? A blog about drinking water? Yes it sounds mundane, but it really is such an important part of living a healthy, happy and successsful life. If you consider that up to 60% of your body is made up of water and with vital organs, such as your brain, heart and lungs being composed of up to 83% water, you will begin to realise the importance of hydration.
I find that drinking about 1 litre of water with my breakfast is an essential part of my morning routine. For some people that may be excessive, but in my case, I'm a male who trains intensively (Crossfit) 5 times per week and has a physically demanding job, I need to drink roughly 4 - 5 litres of water per day. The average recommended water consumption per day is, for men; 2.5 - 3.7 litres per day and for woman; 2.0 - 2.7. This will go up or down depending on age, body weight, activity level and environment.
Some warning signs that you may be dehydrated are headaches, feeling lethargic and/or dark coloured urine. Dehydration can cause a whole spectrum of issues in your daily life, from, in chronic circumstances, serious illness or death, to low mood or not being as efficient at performing tasks as you should be.
Studies show that low water level in the body can lead to low mood, drops in energy level, cognitive impairment (your brain can actually shrink in size due to dehydration) and low blood pressure.
So how do you go from possibly drinking very little water to getting your recommended daily allowance? Well there are a number of things that will help. One thing I do is fill a 2 litre bottle in the morning and leave it round the house, everytime I see it, I take a drink. I will also have another one in work. This way I can track the amount of water that I'm drinking. Another tip, for anyone who finds water a bit bland, is adding some natural flavours to your water. Some of my favourites are; a wedge of lemon or lime. A couple of mint leaves or some cucumber slices. You could also combine any of these and add ice to make a seriously refreshing drink. There are also apps available to remind you to have a drink. Link below.
Food can also be used to supplement your water intake. Some foods, such as strawberries, cucumber and broccoli consist of up to 90% water. So by adding more of these foods to you diet, you can get some extra fluids in and get the added benefits of vitamins, nutrients, and fibre.
Studies have also shown that drinking the correct amount of water can reduce the risk of stroke, manage diabetes and lower the risk of certain types of cancer.
I hope that I have been able to provide some valuable information in the 3 blogs in this series and that you are well underway to becoming your best self and living your best life!
Once again I am ever grateful to you for taking the time to read my blog and hopefully I can be of inspiration again soon.