It can be onerous and uninspiring trying to drink the recommended amount of water every day. Make it more exciting by adding a slice of cucumber, sprig of mint, slice of ginger, citrus fruits such as lemon or lime or even berries. Try combining some of these ingredients to make your preferred special cocktail.
The recommended amount is 2 litres of water or quality fluid (not overly caffeinated or sugary drinks). Bear in mind this is a general guideline if we are bigger, shorter, do lots of exercise, are unwell or sweat more we will need a different amount to others. A good indication of adequate hydration is to check your urine which should be a pale straw colour.
As it is so hot this June our body dehydrates quicker than in cooler weather through sweat and our breath, so we need to drink more water than usual.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration which means that you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can deplete your energy levels and make you feel tired.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
- feeling thirsty
- dark yellow, strong-smelling pee
- peeing less frequently than usual
- feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- feeling fatigued
- a dry mouth & tongue and dry lips
Water is your body’s main chemical component and makes up about 50% to 70% of your body weight. Your body depends on water to survive.
Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly. Water: Gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements. Keeps your temperature normal. Lubricates and cushions joints. Protects sensitive tissues
Drink regularly throughout the day, but not too much before bedtime as you may have to get up in the night!
This picture is of our first home grown cucumber in the vegetable patch, I am so proud!