We’ve all heard the advice. Every now and again it becomes trending news that we must think about the health benefits of drinking water and drink enough.
Then we go and do what we do and forget all about it. Let me see if I can persuade you to get into the habit of regular water drinking. It’s a habit that I’ve got into especially when I spend long periods of time at the computer.
Here I must offer a warning that comes from experience. Don’t be tempted to keep a glass or beaker of water right beside your keyboard or anywhere near your computer. I can guarantee you will tip it over and it will go everywhere causing system failure and all the trouble that comes with it.
Much safer to keep a bottle beside your computer and, if you are lucky enough to live where the water is drinkable, top it up from the cold tap.
Now that you’ve decided to start and keep up the habit, let’s look at the advantages that will flow your way.
The ability to think
Topping up your water intake will give you an edge over the rest.
You’ll be able to think more clearly if your brain is adequately hydrated. Studies have shown that mild dehydration, from basic daily physical activity, can amount to 1 to 3% loss of fluid. This is enough to impact on your ability to concentrate and get things right.
Mild dehydration can also affect your mood, increasing levels of anxiety as well as fatigue. This can be happening to you and you don’t even know it.
Reduce the chance of a headache.
If you’re dehydrated, even just a little, you’re more likely to get a headache. For some, who are predisposed, it could accelerate into a migraine. Especially if you are going through a difficult time and find yourself under a lot of extra pressure.
A routine of taking regular sips of water will give you the best chance of avoiding this.
Regular sips of water can help you lose weight.
Think about those moments when you feel a bit ‘peckish’ and tempted to grab a packet of crisps. But instead, you take a quick drink because you’re keeping a bottle of water near you at all times.
You’ve then missed a golden opportunity to take on more food, which you probably don’t need. Carry on missing opportunities like this and you are in danger of loosing weight.
Drinking cold water will boost your metabolism which will help you to burn off more calories. If you take a good long drink of cold water ½ an hour before meal times, you will feel ‘full’ and won’t want to eat too much.
Flush yourself through.
Regular drinking of water flushes our body systems through and helps to prevent build-up of wastes. Water can clean, inside as well as out. Water dilutes and prevents concentrated build up of compounds which are better out than in.
The only down side to drinking enough water is that you need to be near a lavatory. You will be compelled to get up and go. This may not be such a bad thing. If you spend much of your time sat down looking at a screen, having to get up and go to the lav could be just the sort of ‘forced’ exercise that you need.
You will see recommendations that we should drink a set amount of water each day. Usually 2 to 3 litres or 8 glasses per day. If you think you need this, carry on but don’t push yourself.
We are all different. There can’t be a one-size-fits-all approach to this. If you’ve been doing physical exercise, then your body will tell you to take on more fluids.
If you’ve been passive in a dry environment, then your body will crave a lower level of fluids.
Never binge drink in the belief that you’re solving anything. It is possible to drink too much water and suffer the effects of water intoxication. Too much water will dilute the salt level in your system which would be counter productive.
Just drink what you feel is right for you. I find drinking water little and often through the day works best for me.
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