Break out the cocktails, summer is upon us (at least for us Aussies).
Hello to crowded beaches, scores of flies, the ever-present smell of sunscreen, the pain of inevitable sunburn, scorching 45 degree days (that’s 115F) and balmy 28 degree nights. Yep, I’m ready. And as the thermostat increases, so to do our chances of becoming dehydrated. Everyone knows that drinking water is vital to good health; read on for the reasons why you need to drink water, especially if you’re trying to shed some extra weight, and some handy tips to help you reach your water-guzzling goals.
Dehydration messes with your brain
Ever found yourself with a pounding headache and a severe case of brain fog before thinking to yourself that you don’t remember drinking any water today? Yep, I’ve been there too. Not drinking enough water means your brain cells aren’t able to function at their best, making you forgetful and irritable, and they let you know this by making your brain throb against your skull (think nasty hangover..). Avoid brain farts by making sure you’re drinking enough H2O.
Dehydration makes you bloated
Seems counterintuitive, no? When you don’t drink enough water your body goes into lockdown just in case water sources are scarce (a throwback to our nomadic ancestors) and holds on to all the water it possibly can. The best way to encourage your body to flush out excess water is by drinking enough of it each day so that your body doesn’t need to store it for a proverbial rainy day.
Being dehydrated can make you eat more
Humans can go a lot longer without food than we can without water, and when we start becoming dehydrated our body (which is an incredibly clever machine) will start sending cues to encourage you to increase your intake. One of the ways it does this is by making you feel hungry, since all food is made up of a percentage of water. Being dehydrated can make you eat more food, which can lead to taking in too many calories, when all it really needed was a drink of water.
Water is calorie free
This one links to the paragraph above, and is especially important if you’re watching your weight. Water is the only drink adults actually need, and conveniently it’s fat-free, sugar-free and calorie- free. If weight loss is one of your New Year’s resolutions (or you’re simply health conscious) then keeping well hydrated can support you in reaching your goals.
Exercise equals greater fluid loss (if you’re doing it right)
A decent sweat session is good for your body and good for your soul, but sweating increases the amount of water your body loses and therefore can lead to the unwanted consequences listed above. Exercising in hot weather is more likely to leave you dehydrated, so make sure that you’re drinking water before, during and after your session (but not so much that is sloshes around in your stomach and makes you feel sick). A good guide is 250ml per 15 minutes of exercise/sport.
“But water is so boring! And drinking it can seem like a chore! And sometimes I simply forget to drink enough water…” If any or all of these statements sound like you here are some tips for upping your water intake:
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