Every healthy eating, lifestyle and exercise plan will include some advice on drinking lots of water. And with very good reason too.
Our body is made up of 60% water, which we lose throughout the day by sweating, breathing and going to the toilet. It is essential that we continually replenish our water supplies and keep ourselves hydrated to keep our bodily functions working, transporting nutrients around the body, regulating our temperature and digesting food.
Drinking water can also help us lose weight and for a pretty simple reason; water helps us feel fuller for longer, and as a result we consume fewer calories.
Water is AMAZING for your skin – ask any supermodel if you don’t believe us! Certain toxins in our bodies cause the skin to inflame, which can result in blocked pores and acne. Water helps flush out these toxins and reduces spotty outbreaks.
Water boosts your productivity and concentration and keeps you alert and refreshed. Drink throughout your mid-afternoon slump and if it doesn’t make you feel more awake then at least your bladder will keep you on your toes!
One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness – so if you’re feeling sleepy DRINK!
Working out (at one of Ace’s cracking classes) causes muscles to lose water and to tire. It’s crucial to drink plenty of water whilst exercising to make sure your muscles can complete your workout.
How much water you should drink a day massively depends on your activity level, age, and how much water you consume through coffee, tea, or water rich vegetables and fruit. There is no magic number but follow these simple tips to stay hydrated:
When you wake up, before you have your brekkie, drink one large glass of water.
Drink 30 minutes before eating a meal (this can help control your appetite, too).
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits with high water content throughout your day, e.g. melon, strawberries, cucumber and lettuce.
Get in the habit of keeping a refillable water bottle with you at all times (Anna loves her Bobble).
If you find water too boring, then you can always spice it up by infusing fruit and mint (Charlotte loves the Avoin Colorlife water fruit infuser with fresh lemon and mint).
So drink up!
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