2016 #goals: 5 Reasons to Hydrate and 5 Ways to do it
I wish I was one of those water chugging babes that effortlessly put back a couple of litres a day……but I’m not.
To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m only drinking a couple of litres a week right now. That’s freaking horrible! No wonder I’m feeling so tired and generally under-the-weather in what is without doubt the busiest month of the year for me right now – as I’m sure it is for many of you too.
Forget the traditional, wanton new Year’s resolutions, I actually have to implement some serious change come January 1st as I can’t keep living at break-neck speed, scraping through each day by the skin of my teeth, barely remembering important appointments, meetings and family commitments. I’ve got to slow down, figure out a work schedule that actually works (!) and start taking better care of myself and my amazing family. Increasing my water intake is at the top of my list.
5 reasons why we need to stay hydrated;
- Vanity. Plain and simple. When I’m dehydrated my aging, 36 year old skin looks lackluster, dry and doughy. Yuck. Dehydrated skin loses its plumpness resulting in wrinkles that are more apparent and papery. Hit the water cooler to keep your selfie game looking fresh guys!
- Slim ‘n Trim. If this is your jam then you’re going to want to stay hydrated. Often I mistake thirst for hunger and head to the pantry instead of the water filter. Tsk tsk. Knocking back a big glass of water when those faux hunger pangs hit may just help keep those calories off your hips!
- Clear head. Whether it’s self-inflicted (did Mummy have a bad day and reach for the wine? ME. TOO) or from natural causes, water can help relieve headache symptoms and maybe get rid of them all together! Headaches and fatigue are common sign of dehydration so drink up – especially during any ‘festive’ celebrations this summer!
- Energy. Fluid loss can be detrimental to working memory, mood, brain function, motivation and feelings of anxiety and fatigue. I’ve got enough external factors contributing to that list of ailments so compounding those influences with self-inflicted dehydration has got to stop!
- Support Kidney & Bowel Function. I’m not going to go into detail here, but there’s a couple of important points to note; when you’re dehydrated your body pulls water from wherever it can find it, often from stool in the bowel which in turn makes it harder and more difficult to pass. Keeping hydrated helps kidneys eradicate waste and toxins from the body and dilutes the salts and minerals present in urine that can cause kidney stones. Ouchie!
These reasons don’t just apply to me but to our whole family. Nix has a surgically shortened bowel so hydration is super-important for him and Ethan is 11 so makes a point of forgetting anything that is remotely good for him lol.
SodaStream makes water more exciting for both Ethan and I. I love using it to make sparkling water – adding freshly squeezed lemon is the perfect pick-me-up to keep on my desk while I’m writing, or as a base for a refreshing summer cocktail (also whilst I’m writing lol). I love being able to eliminate sugary soft drinks but still be prepared with a classic mixer when we entertain.
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