Water – are you drinking enough?

 As we head into the colder winter months we naturally drink less water, so it’s important to get into some good habits to prevent you from becoming dehydrated.

Water is essential to the body for regulating your temperature as well as transporting nutrients and waste products through your body. We lose water through our urine, sweat and even from breathing.

Many of my clients come to me reporting feelings of constant hunger, fatigue and headaches. More often than not this is due to being dehydrated and is the body craving water

Here’s my top tips to help you stay properly hydrated:

  1. Instead of reaching for a coffee or cup of tea first thing in the morning, try a glass of hot water with a slice of lemon.
  2. Carry a water bottle with you. This will encourage you to take regular sips throughout the day, which is better for you than trying to down a couple of litres at the end of the day.
  3. If you feel too cold to drink water try herbal teas, maybe even a cheeky hot chocolate!
  4. Remember liquid from your food counts! Comforting and warming soups and stews are the way to go during the winter.
  5. Tea and coffee do count towards your daily total but only a small amount due to their diuretic effect
  6. Avoid fizzy drinks and squashes due to their sugar content. Try flavouring plain or fizzy water with herbs like mint and fresh slices of fruit
  7. Water requirements vary considerably from person to person but aim to drink at least 2 litres a day
  8. Set yourself an alarm for 1-2 hours as a reminder to have a drink. Alternatively use an app to keep track of your progress throughout the day.

As I mentioned earlier it’s important to realise that everyone’s needs are different due too body size, weight, how much exercise you do and even where you live. If you’d like to learn more about your own unique requirements then please do get in touch and a have complimentary initial consultation with me.

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