Hydration and Healing
We need water to live and sometimes it’s important to be reminded of that basic fact, which is the reason for this article. Water is often the miracle cure required when we are suffering with headaches or feeling tired, constipated or toxic.
Water makes up between 60 to 80% of our human body and the healthy function of each cell relies on our bodies being well hydrated. Depending on body mass, the average adult requires 2 to 4 liters of water per day. And to inspire this daily dose of water, please read on to see how water can change your life.
Radiant Skin – Water in addition to good quality skincare is the key ingredient for a glowing complexion.
Cognitive Function – Your brain is strongly influenced by hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of brain function, causing impaired mood, cognitive performance, memory and concentration. Dehydration can also cause loss of energy, fatigue and even feelings of anxiety.
Headache Relief – Headaches and migraines are often caused by dehydration, so stayed well hydrated can prevent the debilitating effects of a hurting head.
Relieves Fatigue – If you often feel tired, there is a high chance that it could be due to inadequate consumption of water, which makes the body function less efficiently. When there is less water in the body, there is a drop of blood volume, which causes the heart to work harder to pump oxygenated blood out in the bloodstream, and other major organs also work less efficiently.
Regulates Metabolism & Appetite – Drinking two glasses of water prior to meals can help suppress appetite and hence support your weight loss efforts. It’s best to drink 20 minutes before meals. Water also helps to increase the rate at which the body burns fat, and promotes the breakdown and elimination of fat cells.
Improves Bowel Function – Water improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and helps in digestion and prevents constipation. Inadequate water in the body often results in constipation as the colon pulls water from the stools to maintain hydration, thereby making them harder and difficult to pass.
Water Detoxifies the Body – It helps flush out toxins from your body and get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine. It also promotes kidney function and reduces kidney stones by diluting the salts and minerals in urine that cause kidney stones.
A few additional tips to know is that coffee is a diuretic and when having a cup of coffee its important to balance out the loss of water by drinking one and half glasses of water to rehydrate. It’s also important to drink water out of glass because plastic bottles have bad health effects of their own.
Sonja Sorich is the director of spa and wellness for Mt Lofty House and has over 16 years of experience as a wellness ambassador working alongside top practitioners in internationally acclaimed spa’s and health resorts.