For those of you who have been reading Mummy Zen since the beginning, this will seem like a re-post but I lost the original post when I had a problem backing up my website last year. I think it's a good subject to bring up again....
It's recommended that we drink 6-8 large glasses of water every day. That sounds like a lot but I have a great system for getting those glasses down without really noticing it. I've realised I need to follow my own advice and start drinking more water in a day. This is how I'm going to consume my daily 6-8 glasses:
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. (= 1)
- Drink a glass before each meal. (= 3)
- Drink a glass before bed. (= 1)
That's 5 glasses already. To make up the other 1-3, it's always good to drink some water whenever you feel hungry or before having a mid-morning/afternoon snack. If you're exercising, you'll probably want a glass or two after working out. Et voilà!
Let's remind ourselves of some benefits of drinking water:
- Keeping hydrated helps steer clear of headaches, dry skin and some other complaints.
- It flushes out toxins, helping to fight against colds and flu.
- It helps keep a healthy heart because if you're dehydrated your blood gets thicker, meaning the heart has to work even harder.
- It can aid weight loss by flushing down by-products of fat breakdown and can reduce your appetite.
- Better concentration. Your brain is made up of around 85% water so keeping hydrated keeps it energised and means you are more alert.
- An energy boost. As well as your brain, your muscles, bones and blood are made up of a significant amount of water. Not staying hydrated results in those not functioning as effectively and that makes you feel lethargic.
Are you good about drinking enough water each day? Do you find that you are physically or mentally affected if you're not drinking enough?