How To Drink 8 Glasses Of Water Per Day
We all know that approximately 60% of our body weight consists of water, but did you know that 85% of our brain is water, and our spine stores 75% of our upper body’s weight for protection and cushioning?
Water is one of life’s most fundamental nutrients, one we require regularly on a daily basis. Our bodies can survive weeks, even months, without food, but only days without water.
Our bodies naturally expel water in our everyday movements. We lose 2 – 4 cups of water daily with breathing alone. Water evaporates via our skin, up to ¼ of a cup out of the soles of our feet alone.
Drinking 8 glasses of water daily, plus extra when exercising, can take a great deal of commitment, but will be a worthwhile habit. The secret is not to wait until you feel thirsty before drinking a glass. We need to keep it flowing all day. You won’t only feel better, have more energy and less bloating, your skin will love you for it.
After nearly losing a kidney a few years ago, my body naturally needs to a lot of water daily. It was an extremely hard lesson of not drinking enough water for me.
One of the reasons I am up early to exercise is to drink water. I drink 2 glasses of warm water (warm water, or room-temperature water is better than cold water, which chills your stomach, making absorbing nutrients less efficient) before I leave for the gym, and 1 litre of water while exercising, then 2 glasses when arriving home.
Here are some of my tips for you to commit to drinking 8 glasses, plus, per day:
Keep a glass of water beside your bed to drink upon waking.
Start the day with a glass of warm water, and add some lemon juice, (which aids your skin’s natural elasticity). This mix will go straight through your body, taking toxins with it.
Drink 2 glasses of water before each meal. You won’t only feel hydrated, but less hungry, aiding in weight loss.
Have a glass of water before and after your morning coffee.
Drink warm water, or herbal teas while working at your desk, or keep a water bottle, (I use a glass one, from Lululemon, not plastic) beside you to keep sipping throughout the day.
Have a glass or two after work, or before your evening meal.
To flavour your water, rather than reaching for sugary cordial, add one of natures anti oxidant and superfoods, Aloe Vera, containing amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
Add fruit to you water for a sweet taste. Some of my favourites are oranges, lemons and berries.
Eat loads of green vegetables, which are loaded with water, such as kale and spinach.
Drink a cup or 2 of herbal tea after dinner. Peppermint aids digestion and camomile aids relaxation.
Please share your tips to drink 8 glasses of water daily, you never know who you will inspire.