I am not one for New Year’s resolutions that involve deprivation – it only makes me crave what is forbidden! But I do believe in adding in good stuff and one easy step is consciously upping your intake of plain old water this January.
Did you know that adult humans are approximately 60 percent water and our blood is 90 percent water? No wonder things don’t work so well when hydration levels drop! In the colder days around Christmas and New Year when we tend to be indoors in our centrally heated homes enjoying the surplus of rich foods and alcoholic beverages (if we are privileged enough), it’s all too easy to let your water levels drop.
Every single organ in your body requires water to function well. Drinking more water is very doable goal – after even a few days, you will notice a difference in many little ways; glance at list below for inspiration!
I recommend having a glass of water nearby throughout the day, sipping regularly rather than trying to down a pint! If you don’t like it plain, flavour with citrus – lemon or orange – or a few drops of cider vinegar (try to develop a taste for even a very dilute solution for alkalinity).
Here are the reasons why we need plenty of water:
Joint lubrication Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains around 80 percent water. Long-term dehydration reduces the joints’ shock-absorbing ability and can lead to joint pain.
Water makes minerals and nutrients accessible These dissolve in water, which makes it possible for them to reach different parts of the body. Less cramps.
Healthier saliva, mucus and airways Saliva helps us digest food and keeps the mouth, nose and eyes moist. When dehydrated, airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimise water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.
Oxygen delivery throughout the body Our blood is more than 90 percent water; blood carries oxygen to different parts of the body. Again, less cramps!
Water cushions the brain, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues Dehydration affects brain structure and function. It is also involved in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Prolonged dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning.
Digestive system depends on water Dehydration can lead to digestive problems, constipation and an overly acidic stomach. Water is needed in the processes of sweating and excretion.
Water helps maintain healthy blood pressure A lack of water can cause blood to become thicker, increasing blood pressure. Water also helps regulate body temperature.
Kidney health The kidneys regulate fluid in the body. Insufficient water can lead to kidney stones and other problems.
Skin health Dehydrated skin is more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
Go on, go on, pour yourself a glass (of water) !!