Nutrition is not just about what you eat – what you drink is just as important! I am sure you’ve also heard, many times, about how important water is. What is all the fuss about? Well think about it, your body has very little capacity to store water and it is for this reason that you cannot survive without water for more than a few days, although you can go without food for much longer.
I don’t know about you but when I don’t drink enough water, I pay the price when I have an energy slump, I get a slight throbbing head ache and I think I am hungry because my mouth is dry!
Do you perhaps feel tired, hungry and have a headache most afternoons? The solution could be as simple as a glass of refreshing water rather than another cup of coffee or a sweet treat!
How much water? The general recommendation is about 2 litres of water a day for adults. I use the following simple formula …
Your body weight in kg divided by 10 = the number of glasses of water you should be drinking every day. (1 glass = 250 ml) Thus a man weighing 83kg would need about eight glasses of water daily.
Want to drink more water but don’t like the taste? Try comfort water.
This is a great tactic for coffee and tea drinkers. While you’re waiting for the coffee to brew or kettle to boil, nuke a glass of water (or herbal tea), squeeze in a bit of lemon and sip while you wait. Hot water is also a great treat on a cold afternoon or evening. Invest in a new kind of herbal tea every time you grocery shop until you’ve found a couple that are just right.
Become a connoisseur …
Think of water drinking like wine tasting. Taste the various brands and types of bottled waters available (sparkling, spring, mineral, reverse osmosis, filtered, etc). Be sure to read the labels as some “waters” have significantly added kilojoules.
More water drinking tips to flow in next article …