Water is second only to oxygen as the most important ingredient for your body. No matter how great your dietary habits are you will not perform at your full potential if you’re not drinking enough water. Your body is about 70% water and you lose water every minute of the day through sweat and other bodily functions. When you lose about 5% of your water supply, your mental and physical performances begin to decline. Ever wonder why you start feeling tired in the early afternoon? This is most probably caused from dehydration.
Dehydration is actually experienced quite frequently, we often mistake the feelings for thirst for the feelings of hunger. When you start to increase your water intake you will begin to notice that you aren’t as hungry as you usually are! Other issues like headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps etc could be fixed just by adding more water into your diet!
Action Plan For Staying Hydrated
- As soon as you wake up in the morning drink 2 large glasses of water, because you are dehydrated from the long overnight sleep.
- Always add freshly squeeze lemon or lime to your water. This will make your body more alkaline and wash out toxins from the organs. Refer to lemon water article for more in-depth details.
- Carry a 1 liter water canteen wherever you go to make sure you always have access to water.
- For men try to drink 3-4 liters a day, and for women 2-3 liters, ideally your urine should be clear water-color, or a light yellow. If your urine is dark yellow then you definitely need to add more water.
A final tip that I found really helpful is to drink water with a straw. Sometimes I feel bloated after drinking a lot of water, from what I researched and found out is that this could be because we take in too much air when we drink from a glass causing the feeling of being bloated. With a straw there is not much air getting coming in with the water. Try that out and let me know!
Always, ALWAYS drink water. It is super important and beneficial. If you have constant headaches and feel tired after lunch time, it could be because you don’t have enough water. I try to have at least 3 liters a day and I definitely feel the difference.
Try it out and let me know!