It might be colourless, odourless and tasteless but water is completely essential. Quality hydration is important for optimal health, which is the reason you should take your hydration seriously. Here’s why.
Water Percentage and the Human Body
Did you know that the human body is around 60 percent water? It’s an amazing statistic, isn’t it? But what that amazing statistic should actually reiterate to us is just how important water is to the human body.
Among other things, water forms saliva, allows our body’s cells to grow and reproduce, it flushes body waste, lubricates joints, regulates our temperature, aids digestion and helps deliver oxygen around the body.
Skin is our largest organ and is one of the first organs to succumb to a lack of water – it dehydrates very easily and especially so here in Australia. So what does lack of water mean for skin? Lots, actually:- You will get a build up of dead skin cells, due to a lower metabolism;
- You will experience more pimples and clogged pores, due to slow elimination;
- You will experience dryness, which is a pre-cursor to those dreaded lines and wrinkles; and
- You will notice puffy and tired-looking eyes, as we need water to stay alert.
Water and Healthy Brain Function
The human brain is around 80 percent water and is another key organ that succumbs to dehydration.
When you don’t drink enough water you quite literally can’t think straight as brain function slows when the body is dehydrated.
Headaches are one of the first signs you need a glass of water. Some even suggest skipping the paracetamol and opting for two glasses of water instead, for a chemical-free result.
How To Improve Your Hydration Levels
The biggest problem with hydration is that by the time you actually feel thirsty, you are already suffering from dehydration. Being proactive in your water consumption is key. But sometimes the simple task of taking a drink of water can be overlooked, especially for those with busy lifestyles. Others say they don’t like the taste of water. Whatever your excuse, here are some tips to keep yourself well-and-truly hydrated:
- Take a big drink of water as the very first thing you do after you wake up in the morning. It will kickstart your bodily functions and gets at least one of the eight glasses you are supposed to drink each day out of the way;
- Leave a full glass of water on your desk, kitchen bench or wherever you are all day. As soon as you empty it, fill it back up again. To take this tip next level, use a water filter jug for the premium drop – and keep refilling your jug as it empties;
- Get into the habit of taking a drink bottle with you wherever you go – in the car, to the shops, everywhere. Glass drink bottles and stainless steel drink bottles look great, too – so you’ll be more inclined to carry it with you. A trendy travel mug will also make transporting your beverage a joy;
- For those who don’t like the taste of plain water, drink herbal tea instead of water (Tea Tonic’s matcha tea is perfect!);
- Another idea for those who don’t like the taste of plain water is to add fruit slices to your glass or drink bottle to add a subtle fruity infusion. Why not even get yourself a Kuvings Juicer to enjoy healthy and nutritious juice drinks throughout the day?
- And if simply remembering to drink water is your biggest concern, why not set an hourly reminder on your phone or get yourself a Ulla Hydration Reminder? For those desk-bound office workers, this handy little reminder will also get you up on your feet more often – win, win. And even better, this week is National Water Week so why not make it your mission to train yourself and get in the habit of drinking water regularly? Download our Hydrate Challenge PDF to get started and change your drinking habits for good.