Posted by: Roberto | 29 September, 2008

Water: the essence of life

WATER is life! Your body is 60% water.

Here are some useful tips to help you make sure that you drink enough water every day.

How do I increase my daily water intake?

  • Start the day with a cup of hot water with a good squeeze of fresh lemon. This will give your digestive system a real boost.
  • Instead of caffeine and alcohol, drink water. Caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics and cause the body to loose water.
  • Throughout the day have water constantly available; keep a water bottle on your desk so you can top up your glass throughout the day and carry a bottle of water with you when you are on the go.
  • Create a daily schedule; drink a glass after breakfast, one before lunch etc. You may want to track your water intake, to ensure that you drink enough water!
  • If you are cold, drink warm water instead of coffee or tea which can dehydrate you.
  • Ask for a glass of water to go with your coffee and tea in Cafes.
  • Drink a glass of water before and during each meal.
  • Don’t forget to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables as these have a high water content and will contribute to your daily water intake.

Feeling peckish, snacking all the time?

  • Have a glass of cold water when you start to feel hungry. People often confuse mild feelings of thirst with mild hunger.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables each day. They are good for you and are 80-90% water by weight.

Feeling incomplete?

  • Your body is 50-60% water. Drinking 6-8 glasses a day helps your body function properly.

Unable to concentrate?

  • When you are dehydrated your attention and concentration can decrease by 13% and short term memory by 7%. Drinking 6-8 glasses a day helps to improve your concentration.

Is water a beauty product?

  • Water is the ultimate beauty product; dehydrated skin looks older than it is. Drink lots to keep your skin looking younger and more vibrant.

Trying to lose weight?

  • Water can help with dieting. Drinking water often curbs the appetite and it is calorie free.

Roberto Bocchetti is a certified personal trainer and masseur living and working in Battersea, London, next to Clapham Junction Station. To contact Roberto, please call 07508 250 126.

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