To simply put it, yes, water can make a difference between someone being healthy and unhealthy. There are so many illnesses that could be avoided by simply drinking more water. Majority of the clients I see often drink less than 1/2 a litre of water a day, which is 75% less than the recommended daily water intake. When you don’t drink enough water, you are compromising essential bodily functions.
Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, premature ageing, asthma, allergies, hay fever, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, bladder or kidney problems, urinary tract infections, acne and other skin conditions, constipation, indigestion, nutrient deficiencies and the list goes on. There are so many health conditions that can be prevented simply by drinking more water.
When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Other initial symptoms of dehydration are having dark coloured urine, feeling lightheaded, feeling tired, feeling hungry even though you have no desire to eat or have just eaten.
The benefits of drinking water speak for themselves. Aside from preventing all the disorders I listed above, drinking water is also great for the skin, hair, and nails. Water also helps to ensure that your kidneys work optimally to filter toxins, maintains your digestive system, prevents bloating, and improves your overall circulation. Not to mention that drinking water also boosts your energy levels and improves productivity as your mind is more clear.
Although many people will say that drinking teas or juices counts towards your water intake, I just want to make it clear that water is water at the end of the day and nothing can substitute water. There are so many high end, expensive, and “exclusive” filters and such out there that “clean” your drinking water, but are they worth using? Not all water filters are worth the price as there is no definitive proof that one water filtration system works better than another. However, what I will recommend is getting a water filter, any filter of your choice, and drink filtered water. Tap water is often contaminated and does have more chemical residues, so having it purified through a filter just makes it cleaner. Oh, I also wanted to make it clear that drinking liquids such as squash, are also not healthy and are loaded with additives and sweeteners that do more harm than good.
Therefore, here are my tips on how to ensure that you drink at least 2 litres of water a day. First and foremost, carry around a stainless steel water bottle. Please don’t reuse plastic water bottles as the plastic can be hazardous towards your health. Aluminium water bottles have shown to cause digestive discomforts, so stainless steel or glass is best. Drink water before and after drinking any tea, coffee, juices, alcohol, or any other beverage. Focus on sipping water throughout the day rather than drinking too much in one go. Sipping water is more effective than drinking gulps at a time which goes straight through your system. And if you can’t stand the taste of plain water, try naturally flavouring your water using cucumber or lemon slices, fresh berries, or mint leaves. Lastly, if you have trouble remembering to drink water, set a reminder on your phone to go off every 30 minutes to 1 hour or use an app on your phone.
Many health challenges can be addressed by drinking more water. Drinking more water is one of the best home remedies out there and can often be more effective in helping combat fatigue or a headache than caffeine or even a painkiller. Aim to have at least two litres of water a day and be sure to encourage your children to have more water as well. Therefore, the next time you are facing a health challenge, ask yourself if you are drinking enough water and then take it from there.
Health and Happiness,