Water makes up almost 60% of our body weight. Every cell in our body requires water, especially our brain. Water also keeps our joints lubricated, and just think how much movement your poor little fingers do during the day as you type away thousands of words.
How Much Water?
This depends on your activity levels of course. If you spend more time out and about on your feet or you do some exercise, you'll need a little bit more water. Otherwise, women should have about 2.5L, men 3L.
This is easy to measure if you keep a water bottle with you. A Pump bottle is 750mL, so as long as you drink four of them a day, you're golden.
Benefits of Staying Hydrated
We all know water is a vital component of our body and that we need to drink it, but here are just a few benefits just to remind you.
- Regulates temperature
- Maintains and improves kidney function
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduces the risk of illness
- Boost your mood
- Boost your brain power
- Prevents headaches
- If hydration improves our brain power, it'll improve your writing
- Water maintains the function of your eyes, and we look at screens all day
- Will keep you energised to continue with your task
- Reduce tiredness and fatigue
Tips to Drink More Water
- Carry a water bottle with you, and not just during the hot months. Remember, water is required in winter too.
- Drink water with every meal, even in addition to your other drinks.
- It's not disgusting. Check the colour of your urine. If it's yellow, have a glass of water. If not, smile to yourself on a job well done and keep up the good work.
- Add lemon or lime to your water if you don't like the taste or (diet) cordial.
- Learn to enjoy water straight from the tap. If you 'only drink cold water' then you'll be in trouble if you accidentally run out. Or if you're out and about all day, you'll find buying water expensive and realise that room temperature water in your handbag is actually a handy thing.
This is a very obvious health tip, but we all need to be reminded of to why drinking water is important and should replace your coffee or wine or overindulged drink of choice.
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Remember, Happy Body, Happy Life!
Rachel Armstrong is a writer of romantic fiction and an exercise physiologist. Inspired after writing about athletes during her high school years, she studied Exercise Physiology at James Cook University. Today, she conducts health consults in Townsville for people with chronic conditions, such as obesity, Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and musculoskeletal injuries. Rachel is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and believes fitness begins with what you eat. She keeps fit away from her desk through walking, aerobics, dance, and aerial silks.