Drinking WaterNovember 23rd, 2013 by David
Do you drink enough water? If you are to believe the theory that the human body is 99% identical to a lettuce leaf (!) then you’d imagine that replenishment of liquid is quite a priority. Did you know that the ideal shade of urine is that of a crisp white wine?! So if your waterworks produce a darker shade than a chilled Pinot Grigio you know that you are edging toward a state of dehydration and replenishment is required pronto.
As we age our thirst mechanism begins to desensitise; we often confuse thirst with the far more familiar hunger pang and let’s face it, water can be pretty boring.
But when your body is not flowing with enough precious liquid, your organs begin to silently panic. Your brain is like a sponge which needs to remain adequately watered to enable a sharp thought process and a pain free head. Your heart rate speeds up and your colon becomes sluggish. And just look at your skin – lines appear when the cells are parched, as areas sporadically begin to shrivel up as inflamed dry patches appear. This is not a good sign for what’s going on underneath…
The fact is that at least 2 litres of water are required each day to keep the body functioning at an optimal level. Habits don’t develop overnight – you need to make a concerted effort for things to become like second nature.
Remember that herbal teas like peppermint, camomile and green tea all count toward your overall water intake. Coffee, juices, alcohol and soft drinks don’t. It is also important to consume liquid from your food intake – vegetables, fruits, soups and yoghurts are all thirst quenchers.
Now we’ve got that clear, let’s look at how to increase your daily water intake…
Tip #1: Start your day with a tall glass of hot water and fresh lemon slices rather than a coffee or black tea. The lemon will serve to help detoxify and promote the release of digestive juices ready for your breakfast. Your liver works the night shift while you sleep, and deserves a treat come morning- lemony water is its favourite tipple.
Tip #2: Invest in a 2litre glass water bottle to fill each morning with filtered or mineral water to take to work with you. Fill it with fresh lemon and lime slices, as well as mint leaves to create interesting and delicious refreshment.
Tip #3: Fill a jug or glass bottle with green tea or peppermint tea and allow it to cool. While waiting for the liquid to cool chop up cucumber slices, mint leaves, berries and apples, then add to the cooled tea. Then pop in some ice cubes and there you have a delicious, colourful and inviting drink that resembles a summer garden party favourite!
Tip #4: The herbal tea market is growing by the day and there are flavours to tickle everyone’s fancy. Experiment and discover your ultimate favourite brews, stock up on a variety of bags to keep things interesting.
Tip #5: If your morning meal would not be complete without your favourite juice, simply pour a ¼ into your normal glass and fill the remainder with chilled water and perhaps a slice of lemon, lime or a few berries. This will be far more hydrating, as well as a providing fewer calories.