How much Water is enough?
Almost every client I see admits to not drinking enough water daily. It is one of the most easiest and cost effective things to do but yet we all seem to struggle with reaching out required intake. Every body is different. The intake of water should depend on that person’s level of physical activity, general health and caffeine intake.
Aim for Eight
The general requirement is 8 glasses, which equates to roughly 2 Litres daily. This should be used as a rule of thumb. If you are someone who works outside or is a very physically active person, you should be drinking this as a bare minimum.
Dehydration can affect the ability to detoxify our blood. It can also impact the natural circadian rhythm in the body leaving us energetic when we should be retiring to bed. The brain is protected by outer membranes which consist of fluid. During dehydration, these membranes loose moisture and cause headaches.
Coffee increases water loss
Coffee is something most people do not take into account when they think of their hydration levels. Caffeine is a diuretic which means it encourages water loss. This means for every cup of coffee you drink, you need to replace with an extra glass of water (on top of your minimum 8 glasses). Try and limit your coffee intake to 1 cup daily to prevent dehydration and loss nutrients.
Do not let your urine be completely clear
As a general guide drink water gradually throughout the day. If you cannot avoid coffee make sure you pour a glass of water as soon as you make or buy a coffee and drink it down.
Hydration is essential especially during the warmer months. Make some healthy water habits into your daily routine. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. Buy a stainless steel drink bottle and do not leave the house without it!