Practical steps to better health. Boost your energy with water!
When your energy starts flagging throughout the day, don't be tempted to grab that extra cup of coffee or sugary snack. Drink water to help boost your energy throughout the day.
Hydration has a major effect on energy levels and brain function. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can impair many aspects of brain function. Water accounts for up to 70% of our body weight. Every single one of our organs and bodily functions requires water to function properly. Dehydration, can cause various body functions to slow down, leaving you feeling sluggish, tired, and irritable.
To avoid dehydration don't wait until you're thirsty before consuming water or other fluids. Many experts maintain that if you hold off drinking water until you're thirsty, there's a good chance that you're already dehydrated. If you're in need of a quick energy boost, try drinking a glass or two of water.
5 ways to drink more water.
· Set water drinking reminders on your phone, or download an app
· Schedule into your daily planner
. Place a bottle of water on your desk at arm's reach
· Buy a water bottle that tracks your daily intake
. Consume water from herbal teas, bone broth or add your favourite herbs or fruits/vegetables to your water
Foods with high water content.
· Cucumber 98% water
· Lettuce 96% water
· Tomatoes 94% water
· Berries 94% water
· Citrus 87% water
· Grapes 81% water
Water consumption also includes the foods that we eat. Include more meals and snacks with higher water content.
Try the 3 R's (Reminder, Routine, and Reward) to establish a new habit loop, follow these steps:
Reminder: Set a reminder to drink more water either phone app, sticky note on the fridge and or pour glass of water in the evening and put beside your beside on the kitchen counter.
Routine: Incorporate it into your daily routine at the same time each day. First thing in the morning you drink a glass of water before you eat breakfast.
Reward: After practicing, reward yourself with something positive, such as a favorite snack or activity. Drinking water is also a great energy booster and helps with glowing skin.
This strategy can be applied to any new habit or behavior that you want to improve.
Over time, this habit loop will become automatic, and drinking water everyday will become a regular part of your routine.