Is your lack of water causing your health to severely plummet?
Hydration is the third CHEK foundational factor.
Let’s start with a quick self-test:
- How many caffeinated drinks do you drink daily, this includes caffeinated tea, coffee, soft drinks etc?
- How much water do you drink daily (pure water not fruit juice or heavily diluted squash)
- How many units of alcohol do you drink: daily and weekly?
- What is your weight in kilograms?
These questions will help you understand your current hydration levels and what should be taken into account when questioning if you drink enough water.
Got your answers from above ready?
OK. Firstly, every caffeinated drink consumed, which includes tea and coffee, not only leads to dehydration, but has a whole load of added insults such as blood sugar imbalances, sugar addiction, nervousness and insomnia to name a few.
The general rule with caffeine is never to have any before breakfast on an empty stomach or consume it after 3pm. This will help control your energy levels and help you get to sleep at night.
Lack of energy
We are comprised of about 75% water, which means a lack of water is usually one of the biggest reasons for constipation, energy loss and poor skin quality.
Alcohol can negatively interrupt with your body’s natural hydration levels. As you may be aware, it’s toxic to our body we must clean our organs from the toxicity, but this can only happen if we are hydrated.
How much should you be drinking?
Take your weight in kilograms and times it by 0.033. That will then give you the number of litres per day you need.
As an example, if you weigh 60kg x 0.033 = 1.98 litres of water per day. This can be pure water (filtered or bottled quality water) and can also include a number of different herbal teas (non-caffeine containing).
However, as a general rule you will need to add more water to this figure if you exercise, work in a manual job or spend time in a hot environment.
You also need to add extra for each caffeinated drink consumed. For example, for each cup of coffee a similar amount of water must be consumed to counteract it.
Water quality is important and we advise clients to filter tap water or drink a quality bottled brand of mineral water.
The number one way to detox
As the saying goes ‘The best solution for pollution is dilution!’
If you intend to drink alcohol or eat poor quality foods then be mindful of their negative affects on your health. Firstly, limit them as much as possible, but always drink plenty of clean water to help flush your body.
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