Do you suffer from fatigue, confusion, dry skin, constipation, headaches, urinary tract infections, muscle aches or dizziness?
Believe it or not these are ALL signs of dehydration. Our bodies are made up of around 65% water and it is used in all bodily functions. If you don’t consume enough water, your body will get it from any liquid source in your system. These include blood, cell fluid, stools and urine.
If your kidneys don’t have enough water to remove waste, they will become overburdened and you might end up with a puffy face or dark circles under your eyes. Not drinking enough water can also be incredibly ageing as your toxic load gets bigger and bigger. Having enough water under the skin will make it look firmer and healthier.
Drinking enough water helps you digest your food more effectively, curb cravings and hunger. It’s also important for keeping your heart and cardiovascular system healthy: when you’re dehydrated, blood becomes thicker and harder to pump. This increases the risk of clotting and may even impact blood pressure.
My top tips
Drink 1.5-2 litres of water per day in the form of pure filtered, bottled or distilled water, herbal teas or green juices. Fizzy drinks and fruit juice should be avoided and do not count towards water intake as these are packed with sugar. Some things like coffee, tea, alcohol and salt are diuretic: they make you eliminate more water.
If you eat salty foods, or drink anything diuretic listed above, exercise and sweat often or are pregnant or lactating, your need for water will be greater.
Start the day with warm water, lemon, a pinch of cayenne and some apple cider vinegar or ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt. This is alkalising and stimulates the gall bladder.
Invest in a good water filter (I am a big fan of Aquasana), reverse osmosis system (remember to add trace minerals) or distiller for purer water and try and avoid plastic wherever possible. If you do buy plastic, always check to make sure it is BPA-free.