Do you ever actually feel as though you have low energy levels? Are you struggling with your weight? Does your skin look dull? Is your metabolism getting slower and slower? All of the above might be caused by one dangerous habit; you are not drinking enough water.
Today I would like to share how my life definitely improved when I realized that I was missing out on one of the most important sources of well-being; water. Believe it or not, for many years, I was convinced that I had to drink only when I was very thirsty. Plus, I thought it was okay to have a coke, soda, or juice instead of water. After all, I was drinking liquids, and I really loved the taste of them.
About five years ago, I felt that something was not quite right with me. I had difficulties concentrating, and I was always tired, no matter how many hours of sleep I had the previous night. I was feeling bloated, and my skin looked dull. Unfortunately, I always had suffered from seasonal allergies, but my reactions were getting worse and worse. I soon realized that I really had to do something. I have a close friend who is a personal trainer, and the first thing she asked me was: “Are you drinking enough water?” My answer, as you can imagine, was: “Probably not.”
I realized that I had to tackle the problem as soon as possible, so I started to have a regular water intake routine. In the beginning, it was probably more challenging because I had to “think” about it. Within a week, it became a habit, especially after experiencing some of the great benefits of drinking water.
Below I’ve listed some of the fantastic things that staying hydrated can do for your body and mind:
- Water is crucial to keep your energy high and to keep your brain functions at maximum levels.
- It goes without saying, drinking is essential if you like to exercise and if you practice sports, your performance will be improved, and you won’t risk the effects of dehydration, such as muscle cramps or fatigue.
- Water helps your digestive system and, more broadly, improves your metabolism, avoiding constipation problems.
- If you, like me, suffer from bad tension headaches, you probably didn’t know that drinking may help to reduce that terribly pounding pain.
- Water helps your immune system, circulation and prevents inflammation risks.
- Does water help you to reduce body fat and weight? The answer is yes. Especially if you have a couple of glasses about half an hour before your meals.
We are all different, so the quantity of water that each one of us needs during the day may change. I usually drink about 1.6 liters every day. In summer, I typically have a higher water intake, approximately up to two liters.
My days are busy. My job requires me to travel a lot during the day, usually in my car. I visit clients in different areas of the city, so I am in the office for not more than two hours each day. That’s why I always take water with me.
Because I wanted to play my little part in saving our planet from plastic waste, I have bought two thermos bottles. Each of them holds about 600 ml of water, and they keep the liquid cool for up to 12 hours. The bottles are graded, so I can keep track of the quantity that I am drinking. Especially during the summer, it’s very refreshing to have a sip while I’m commuting from a place to another!