Did you know that you’re already dehydrated by the time you feel thirsty? Our bodies can go weeks without food, but forget trying to last any longer than a few days without water. Providing essential minerals and electrolytes that help our muscles to move, our eyes to see, and our brains to think, water is everything.
It also carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells through our blood, which is (you guessed it) water-based. Not only that, it also helps to remove waste and toxins that can leave you feeling sluggish and tired. Still not reaching for that glass of water? Then know that H2O also provides some serious beauty benefits. It helps our skin glow, keeps our hair shining, and even strengthens our nails.
Staying hydrated can therefore take years off your face and body whilst also helping you shed unwanted pounds. And now that we’ve gotten your attention, Savoir Flair brings you four ways to easily up your water intake.
Coffee vs. Water
Aim to drink at least two to three liters of water a day. This can include your herbal teas and green juices, but remember that anything caffeinated acts as a diuretic, meaning it rids the body of water – so that cancels out your water intake. Basically, stay away from caffeine; it’s known to dehydrate you further. Can’t go without your morning coffee? Drink more water after.
Day In, Day Out
Keep a bottle of water with you and drink your liquids throughout the day, but not during meals. Drinking water with your meal dilutes your stomach acid, resulting in indigestion and heartburn. Water in a glass bottle (or the latest trend, water in a box) is better than water in plastic, which infuses your water with chemicals. These can disrupt your hormones and cause harm to your health.
No Sugar Added
Ditch the sports drinks as they are often high in calories, thanks to a lot of added sugar. They often contain high levels of sodium, too. Some sports drinks also contain caffeine and other stimulants like ginseng, guarana, and taurine. If you are someone who exercises intensely and for long periods of time, try adding a natural electrolyte to your water, like Elete. Adding a pinch of Himalayan salt into 1.5 liters of water can also help you get some extra minerals.
Lana Almulla is a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist based in London.