We always get asked “how much water should I drink a day?”
Are you getting enough of the clear stuff into your incredibly amazing system?
Dehydration is a big problem and not only causes your body to hang onto unwanted byproducts but can also lead to minor and major illness in some cases.
We’re always talking about upping your water intake but we’re only talking about 2 to 3 litres (8 to 12 glasses) throughout your waking day, not swallowing gallons of the stuff and drowning yourself from the inside!
Drinks such as coffee, fruit juice and alcohol all have a dehydrating effect on your body and if you have been extra active or the weather is very warm or very cold, all these factors can make you lose more water also leading to dehydration and water retention!
If the output of fluids exceeds the intake of fluids, an imbalance occurs, and dehydration will develop. The severity of dehydration can be measured by the colour of your urine.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
Fatigue and weakness
Increased body temperature
Dry mucous membranes (mouth, nose, eyes)
Severe dehydration can also include:
Loss of clear vision
Loss of consciousness
Kidney and liver failure
So ask yourself, are you really drinking enough (plain) filtered or mineral water to keep your body happy and healthy?
You can get water from vegetables and some fruits and of course you can enjoy it in the form of fruit and herbal teas too.
There is an easy way to tell how well hydrated you are and that’s to keep an eye on your urine.
Aim for between 1, 2 and 3 on the image throughout the bulk of your day.
If it’s going closer to 4, 5 and 6 on the image then you are not drinking enough water and your body will be suffering in the short and long term.