We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, especially with these latest record-breaking temperatures.
Our bodies are made up of nearly 70% water – in fact, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs 83%, the skin 64%, muscles and kidneys 79% and even bones up to 31%*.
Water regulates our internal body temperature and transports and neutralizes nutrients and food. Hydration is not only beneficial to the function of our cells, organs and body mobility, it is essential for elasticity of our skin. If we do not keep our bodies replenished, we can experience dehydration very quickly. Dehydration occurs when more water leaves the body than enters it. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. It can lead to headaches, fatigue, moodiness, loss of concentration/short term memory, dry skin, constipation and loss of collagen production. If you have had any of these symptoms, it could be that you are dehydrated – which is an easy fix.
It is so important to ensure you keep your body hydrated on a daily basis. I suggest drinking a pint of water first thing in the morning to replenish loss of water overnight. It is a great way to get your body functioning first thing in the morning and ensures you are hydrated before you begin your day. Add a slice of lemon to keep your Ph levels balanced (makes for a healthy gut!). Try to drink at least 8 cups of water throughout the day, and more if you are extremely active or in hotter temperatures.
Simply staying hydrated can greatly increase the function of your body, improve your skin and help stabilize your mood.