29th October 2014
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe
We all know it’s important to drink water. What we might not know though is why exactly? Well keep reading, because whats to follow will have you glugging away before you know it and trust me, there is absolutely no down side to that!
First and foremost every single organ and function in our body depends on water in order to work, let alone work correctly. Dehydration leads to a myriad of ailments some of which are life threatening, others, like the lack of concentration, are just frustrating. I am a big advocate of ridding yourself of toxins, whether it be from your skin by cleansing or from your body by watering. Liquid flushes the toxins from your body in the form of sweat and urine. In order to allow this process to happen efficiently you have to keep your end of the deal up and your body will take care of the rest. Yours is actually the easier part of the deal because what your body does is phenomenal. When you start to starve your body of liquid your organs highjack water from your brain (because it is 75% water) and as a result your brain shrinks, pulling on the membrane that connects your brain to your skull… think about that for one frightening second. As a result headaches occur. This is what is happening inside your body when you are hungover. Alcohol is a diarrhetic so if you want to avoid this scary situation drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume or drink lots and lots and LOTS of water when you get into bed.
As soon as you start to drink about 3 litres of water per day you will notice that everything works better, and I mean EVERYTHING. Your joints will stop aching as water, according to Gemma Critchley, (British Dietetic Association) helps to lubricate joints, your skin will plump up and start to glow and your pores will shrink and you will also experience an increase in concentration levels just to name a few benefits. A 2% loss of water surrounding our cells can lead to a 20% drop in energy levels. If you are even half as busy as I am you need every ounce of energy you can extract from yourself on a daily basis, so water, it seems, will also help you with the ‘get up and go’ factor.
If you find it hard to get your recommended daily intake down your hatch then add things like berries and squeezed lemon. Cold water is always so much nicer than having it at room temperature so try to rotate two bottles of water through your fridge or just add ice. On average your body uses 1.5 litres of water per day and “if you don’t drink enough, your body will save water by concentrating your urine, which will look darker, and your brain will tell you that you need more water by making you feel thirsty’ according to Denise Dahdah.
So are you going to be one of the 43% of adults who drink less than 3 cups of water per day or have you cottoned onto the fact that water is the new black?