Water, Water, everywhere.
Yep. This week is about water. But please don’t roll your eyes and think to yourself “ I know I’m supposed to drink 8 glasses / 2 litres a day because it’s soooo good for me” (oops, too late!)
Water is amazing. It truly is the source of life, and maintaining your fluid balance is crucial for both physical and mental health. It flushes out toxins and supports your immune system too. The days I feel crap and anxious are always the days I haven’t drunk enough water.
But there are so many preachy myths out there about water that cause us to resent developing healthy habits, as they are just so unattainable. Like these beauties:
- Drink 8 ozs of water 8 times a day
- 2-3 litres per day is the minimum for optimal health (3 litres?! Whaaaat?)
- For every cup of tea of coffee, you need to drink 2 cups of water as caffeine dehydrates you (research has now disproved this- yay!)
Let me tell you, that as a educator, if I drank 2 litres of water a day, in addition to my morning tea and diet of water rich fruits and vegetables, I would literally never be able to teach as I’d be leaving my teaching space every 10 minutes to pee!
So let’s start with a step that is both easy to start and continue with:
Step 7 – Drink 4 cups of water each day
Now, this is totally achievable and works for anyone, regardless of the climate, lifestyle, diet or activity level you have. It supports digestion and elimination and will help your body clear itself of the 4kg of holiday snacks you may have consumed over the last 3 weeks!
So don’t be tied down to counting the exact amount of water you drink per day or rely on apps to constantly remind you to drink (sounds pretty stressful to me!). Drink 4 cups of water a day with the guide above and let thirst be your guide to add in any more fluid (especially if you are working out and/or sweating a lot).
Be sure to eat some water too – by adding in water rich fruits and veggies such as watermelon, cucumber, celery, tomatoes and berries.
Off to have a cup of tea now… and a glass of water 🙂
Ps. This week was for you Mumma. Love you and thanks for being my water guide.