What do you think about when Health Professionals bang on about the benefits of water?
We know its good to quench our thirst and we also know that our bodies require water, but how important is water to our mental health? Although your brain is only 1/50th of your body weight, it consumes appropriately 70% of the water you drink and your blood contains nearly 85% of water,
So what can not drinking enough water actually result in?
Very early signs of not drinking enough water can result in fatigue, muscle weakness, headaches and even dry mouth. So when we get thirsty, we drink right? but did you know that as we get older our perceptions of thirst changes and sometimes even goes so to rely only on thirst cannot be enough because by the time we are aware of being thirsty we are already dehydrated? Therefore by this time your body is already not able to function at its prime optimal level. This is where concentration and energy loss become a key factor. Further dehydration can include mood changes, sleep disturbances, anxiety, hypertension and overeating.
What are the benefits of drinking water?
Consuming simply water on a regular basis throughout the day is a wellness technique which can improve not only your physical health but also your mental health.
By drinking water you can:
- Increase your energy and concentration
- Improve your skin
- Cleanse your body
- Help your kidney function
- Keeps your blood flowing
- Helps to carry oxygen around your body
- Improves your mood
So if you’re at work or at home, carry around a bottle that you can fill up whenever it gets low. If water tastes too bland, try adding different flavours by mixing fruits, mint or even cucumber to it. If you don’t like the idea of that even, then try no sugar squash to make a tasty but healthy drink. Aim for around 2 to 3 bottles per day and keep your body hydrated and healthy. Its cheap, healthy and readily available!