As we get closer to summer & those scorching hot days I can already feel myself needing more water.
The body is made up of 60% water so it is very important we do not become dehydrated. Water is important for such things as lubricating our joints & eyes, eliminating toxins from the body, healthy skin & aiding proper digestion (which is very important for people who exercise regularly & are consuming large amounts of food each day).
Some effects of dehydration are; Sleepiness, headaches, dizziness & muscle cramps.
This is especially true for people who exercise regularly. Not having enough water prior to training will cause a decrease in performance.
The average person requires 2-3 litres of fluid per day. If you’re training you may need 4-5litres. If you work outdoors or in a physical capacity, compared to a person working in an air condition office you will also need more due to sweating.
If you annoyingly wake every night to go to the toilet try having the majority of your water during the day before 6pm. This will give you time for it to go through your body & hopefully stop you waking up. Make a head start to your water intake by having 500ml before breakfast & then progress from there. I like to add some minced ginger for flavour (also gut health & its anti-inflammatory properties).
Water is life, so make sure you stay hydrated to ensure you perform at your best.