Water is an important nutrient for everyone. So how much should you drink each day?
For women its 16 cups as we lose some extra water when we have our period. For men its 11 cups a day. If its a hot day or you have been exercising a lot it should be about another 7 more cups.
Water can be obtained from food. This can be obtained from soluble fiber such as most vegetables and fruits
What does water do?
Water is the main nutrient for every cell in our body. It helps hydrate us as well as eliminate toxins. It is also used for when we sweat a lot. Water keeps us healthy. Water keeps our skin plump and moisturised.
Our bodies are made up of 60%-70% water.
What happens when we drink too little water?
We get dehydrated and thirsty pretty easily. After a while we get brittle skin and nails and toxins are hard to eliminate. Hence the hard poos. We also age a lot faster- ie someone who is in their 30’s might get quite a few wrinkles.
When we don’t drink enough water we get sugar cravings. We also mistake thirst for hunger.
After a while you will lose focus as water makes up most of your life.
So how do we start to drink more water when we are not used to it?
Start small and work your way up. Your body will after a while get used to the amount of water that you are drinking.
One way of getting more water in is by carrying a 2L water bottle everywhere you go and taking frequent sips. Another way is to drink 8 cups in the morning when you get up. It can be hard at first but after a while you will get used to this.
If you don’t like plain water, you can try a herbal tea like green tea which hydrates you. You can also put some fruit or cucumber in your water to flavour it. And no coffee does not count as water. It in fact dehydrates you.
At first you will need to go to the toilet lots and lots. But then after a while it will be alright. Your body is eliminating all the toxins that were built up inside and it will take time.