Hydration – H2 oh no I hate drinking water!
There’s absolutely no question that water is good for you. We can go for quite some time without food (please dont try this) but we can only go a few days without water.
I’ve written a blog that explains the benefits of hydration for sports performance and exercise, as well as talking about water consumption for general health.
Staying hydrated is important but you should drink enough water to suit you and your needs. The simplest way is to maintain a clear urine colour.
This chart is a good indicator and details the colours to aim for, but what if you are one of the many people in the UK who simply hate drinking water?
You could use bottled water if you’re not keen on drinking tap water, but then you have to battle with your conscious about all of the plastic waste. You could filter your water in a Brita jug. Below is a link to a jug that fits in the fridge and has 3 filters included (this is not an affiliate link).
You could have a filter tap installed in your kitchen. Below is a link to a system that needs installation (again not an affiliate link).
If your issue with water isn’t related to whether it’s filtered or not, then perhaps you just need to mix it up a little.
Here is an easy recipe template for making your water interesting. Just take components from the different categories and make your H20 delicious and thirst quenching!
- Still Water
- Sparkling Water
- Lemon slices
- Lime slices
- Orange slices
- Apple slices
- Strawberry pieces
- Kiwi slices
- Cucumber slices
- Frozen grapes
- Frozen blueberries
- Watermelon cubes
- Mint leaves
- Grated ginger
- Crushed ice
- Ice cubes
Choose your drinking vessel
- Nice glass
- Sports bottle
Dehydration, hunger and over hydration
The majority of people are dehydrated and don’t eat enough fibre so constipation becomes an issue. Start to include more whole fresh fruit into your daily diet – kiwi fruit and oranges are great and are packed with Vit C!
Lots of people who report of being constantly hungry are in fact dehydrated, so it’s always a good idea to have a glass of water before you dive into the snack drawer!
There are a few people who drink so much water that they’re over hydrated. These individuals are at risk at developing hyponatremia, causing the inside of cells to flood due to abnormally low sodium levels in your bloodstream. Severe hyponatremia can cause seizures, coma and even death.