The Power of Water

According to the NHS, females require at least 1.6 litres of fluid per day and males require at least 2 litres of fluid per day, this does not include tea and coffee etc.

Water helps with weight loss

Great news for anyone trying to lose a few pounds – water naturally reduces your appetite. 

A lot of people confuse feeling thirsty with feeling hungry so they eat when their body wants them to drink something.

When you’re dehydrated, fat cells become harder to break down and so anyone trying to lose weight will find it harder if they don’t drink very much.

Research has shown that drinking 500ml water prior to each of your daily meals could cause you to eat fewer calories per meal, triggering weight loss. 

Water is a natural wrinkle-buster

According to a recent study. Almost 1 in 5 women who drank 1.5 litres of water per day saw a reduction in wrinkles after 6 weeks without making any other changes to their diet.
As well as wrinkle-busting. It’s said to give us sparkly eyes, clear our skin of spots and make us look glowing and healthy. But water has lots of benefits for your health too. 

Water stops headaches and dizziness

Don’t reach for the pills straight away. your headache could be a symptom of being dehydrated so drinking water should make it go away. 
Even tension headaches and dizziness. Which can be brought on by fatigue can be cured or helped by drinking water – this is because fatigue is also a sign of dehydration. 

Water clears your skin

Most people know that drinking more water can be good for clear skin. And it can also help the symptoms of acne. 
If you’ve got dry skin. Drinking water will give it more moisture but that’s not all. Water flushes toxins out of your body and anything else that shouldn’t be there so it clears your skin of any dirt and bacteria. 

It fights infections

Drinking water can help fight infections all over your body, not only because it flushes out toxins but because when you’re dehydrated you’re more likely to catch a bug. 
It’s especially good for getting rid of and preventing urine infections and kidney stones. 
Being well hydrated is also great for allergies and colds, because it clears the airways. Even cold sores can be reduced by drinking more water because they tend to pop up in places where your skin is particularly dry.

It keeps you regular

If you suffer from constipation or piles you might have been told to increase how much fibre you eat. This is definitely one way of getting rid of the problem but you’ll need to drink more water for the fibre to work properly. Otherwise, it could have the opposite effect and make you worse.

It makes you exercise better

Its common sense to replace the fluids you lose when you sweat with water, but what might not be obvious is that your body works better and harder during your workout if you drink water.

It improves concentration

Because your brain is made of around 85% water if you get dehydrated it can affect your concentration and even your short-term memory. 
It has a particularly strong effect on your maths skills and it’s all because lack of water causes your brain’s energy levels to decrease.

It boosts your energy

In the same way that not drinking enough water makes your brain slow down it has the same effect on your body
For example, your muscles are around 75% water, your bones are about 22% and your blood is around 83%. 
If you’re dehydrated, all these body parts don’t work as well as they should meaning you lack energy and feel tired or lazy.

It supports your heart

The hardest working muscle of all needs a lot of water to keep it going at full speed. 
When you get dehydrated your blood gets thicker so the heart has to work even harder. And if your heart is weak it can lead to more serious heart problems later in life. 
A study by Eden found that drinking more than five glasses of water a day could cut your chances of having a heart attack by 41%, compared with people who drank less than two glasses a day.

If you’re worried you’re not drinking enough

Measure how much you’re drinking for a few days to see if it’s anywhere near the minimum amount
Check your urine. If it’s pale and clear then you’re drinking a healthy amount. If it’s dark yellow and cloudy you might be dehydrated or not drinking enough water. Plus another good indicator if your hydrated is if your lips are dry.

These five simple rules will help you get more water into your diet. Plus you don’t have to buy expensive bottled water so it’s great for your wallet as well as your health

  • 1. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. This will wake you up and help your body replace any fluid lost when you were sleeping. It’ll also give you a head start on your 2 litres.
  • 2. Carry a small bottle of water around with you. This will not only remind you to drink more but it’s also an easy way of keeping track of how much you’re drinking. If you fill it up from the tap you can reuse it as well brilliant for the environment!
  • 3. Add some flavour. If you really can’t stand the taste of water on its own try adding a small amount of fruit juice, sugar-free squash or a squeeze of lemon or lime. Lemon and lime dont help with weight loss it’s a myth. This myth says its because its sour taste helps your liver get rid of toxins.

Massage and water

During a massage, many toxins you’ve been harbouring are released. While it’s wonderful that your body is purging harmful toxins, they have to be released somewhere and it’s believed to be right into the bloodstream. It’s no reason to run and hide though (and never have a massage again). Instead, it’s best to drink plenty of water post-massage to avoid feeling sore.

Water helps to clean your kidneys, and they help process key nutrients and toxins The water flushes the radicals released during a massage out and oxygenates your cells.

Massages are dehydrating, and our bodies are 60% water. The squeezing that the massage therapist does during treatment releases fluids from muscle tissues and into the vascular system. That means it needs to restock on the water that has been lost during a massage

Metabolic waste

Is just particles in our body that are no use to us during a massage, they’re released at a much quicker rate than what our bodies are used to. You’re much more likely to feel unwell after. Metabolic waste can constrict our muscles and lead to improper flow of toxin flushing. When you drink water, you give your muscles a chance to loosen-up and therefore release the tense muscles that hold waste.

Drinking Water prior massage treatment

This will help the kidneys release the toxins as they work their way out of the muscles during the massage

Prevent Soreness

After massage treatment, its normal to feel sore, hydrating after a massage can help prevent excessive soreness. It’s recommended to drink water the day of the massage and the following day.

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