We’ve all been there. It is 2:00 in the afternoon and you are feeling sluggish and tired. You can even feel the beginnings of a headache brewing. Do you need a nap? A snack? Or maybe a cup of coffee? The answer is actually much simpler than you think. You might just need a glass of water.
Up to 60% of an adult human body is comprised of water. Water is incredibly important to how we function. When we are dehydrated, we can feel lethargic, have trouble losing weight, skin can become dry and flaky, acne or eczema can worsen, we may have a headache and we begin to lack focus for day to day tasks.
Going 3 days without water can be fatal, and while not recommended, humans can go without food for several weeks. On average, we need 2-3 litres of water daily for peak performance. According to the Mayo Clinic, women should aim for 11.5 cups and men 15.5 cups of water daily. Obviously your body size, stage of life, activity level and even the weather can impact those figures. If you struggle to drink enough water, you are not alone.
Here are my best tips for getting enough to drink.
- When home, fill a glass pitcher large enough to hold 2 litres of water. Make it a goal to finish this water by 7 p.m. This will prevent you from extra trips to the bathroom during the night. If you are leaving for the day, take along 2, 1 litre filled reusable water bottles. Make sure you drink it all before you get home. I have on many occasions sat in my car in my own driveway finishing my water. Past experience has taught me I will forget to drink said water if I don’t. The additional litre or so of water can come from juicy food like fruit, herbal teas, soups, etc.
- Start small. Imagine yourself as a plant. If your plant’s soil is completely dried out, much of the water you pour on the plant will simply run off and not get absorbed. However if the plant’s soil is moist, it will retain more of that water. Your body works similarly. Start by taking note of how much water you consume now. Next add one additional cup of water every 2-3 days until you reach the optimum amount. Your cells, similar to a plant’s soil will begin drawing in the water instead of just quickly disposing it in the form of multiple trips to the bathroom.
- Find water boring? Try adding cucumber & mint, berries or lemon & lime slices to add a little pizzazz. You can also brew some herbal fruit teas and make some delicious iced tea. Try my recipe below.
Blueberry Infusion Herbal Iced Tea
- 1 c blueberry herbal tea, steeped & cooled
- 1/4 c frozen berries
- 1/4 c sparkling water
- 1 tsp honey, add with boiling water
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