Did you know that the human body is made up of 50-75% water?
It is important to stay well hydrated during cooler months. We often find this easy to do when the weather is hot and while exercising. However, it’s not always as easy to keep this up during cooler months. Water is crucial in making sure our bodies function at their best.
Adequate fluid intake is important for moving digested food through the digestive tract and preventing constipation. Water can regulate appetite, help the body burn more calories, reduce bloating and improve your skin.
Dark yellow urine is a good indicator that you need to increase your water intake. Keep in mind that caffeine can alter the colour of urine, so if your urine is clear, it may still mean you aren’t as hydrated as you should be. Your urine is definitely a good indicator of your hydration status – try to aim for your urine to be a pale yellow (like the colour of straw!).
Did you know that by the time you realise you are thirsty, your body may already be dehydrated?
This is why it is important to be regularly drinking fluids throughout the day to ensure you are hydrated.
•Add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to add a bit of flavour to your water
•Make up some frozen fruit ice cubes and pop them in your water to add an extra hint of flavour
•Carry a water bottle with you when you are out
•Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to drink water
•Try to have a glass of water with each meal and snack you consume throughout the day
•Make a habit of having a drink of water as soon as you get out of bed.
Don’t forget to consult with your GP if you are on a fluid restriction, have kidney issues or are taking fluid tablets.