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The Vital Importance of Staying Hydrated this Summer

Updated: Jun 19

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As a wellness practitioner deeply committed to fostering holistic health, I cannot overstate the importance of proper hydration. Water is literally the essence of life, and maintaining adequate hydration is foundational to our overall well-being. Let's examine why staying hydrated is crucial and how it impacts every aspect of our health.


The Elixir of Life…No Really!


Water is so much more than just a thirst quencher. It is the key that powers our body's most vital processes. We're made up of around 60% water, so it's an integral part of our biological makeup. From regulating body temperature to facilitating digestion, water plays an indispensable role.

Jug of water and drinking glasses

Cellular Function and Energy


Every cell in our body relies on water to function properly. Proper hydration levels ensure nutrients are transported efficiently, and waste products are eliminated effectively. This cellular hydration translates to better energy levels, enhanced mental clarity, and overall vitality. When we are hydrated, we feel more alert, focused, and capable of tackling daily tasks with vigour. Who wouldn't want that?


Digestive Health


The importance of staying hydrated is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Water aids in the breakdown of food, allowing for better nutrient absorption. It also helps prevent constipation by keeping the digestive tract lubricated. Drinking enough water can alleviate common digestive issues, promoting a smoother and more comfortable digestive experience.


Diagram of water content in human body

Joint and Muscle Health


Our joints and muscles depend on us being hydrated to stay supple and functional. Water acts as a lubricant for our joints, reducing friction. It also helps maintain muscle tone and prevents cramps and strains. If you're physically active, staying hydrated is crucial to avoid dehydration-related injuries and ensure peak performance.

Lady stretching on yoga mat

Detoxification


Water is the body's natural detoxifier. It helps flush out toxins and waste products through urine, sweat, and bowel movements. Keeping yourself hydrated supports kidney function, which is vital for filtering out impurities from the blood.

Mature Lady checking her skin

Skin Health


One of the most visible benefits of staying hydrated is radiant, healthy skin. Water helps maintain skin elasticity, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and keeps the skin moisturised. Dehydration can lead to dry, flaky skin and exacerbate conditions like eczema and acne. Your body has many little ways of telling you it needs fluids.


Immune Support


A well-hydrated body is better equipped to fight off infections and illnesses. Water supports lymph production, which carries white blood cells and other immune cells throughout the body. Staying hydrated strengthens our immune defences, helping us stay healthier year-round.


Practical Tips for Staying Hydrated


  • Remember that you are already dehydrated by the time you feel thirsty; listen to your body!

  • Start your day with water - drink a glass of water first thing in the morning to kickstart your metabolism.

  • Carry a reusable water bottle to remind you to drink regularly.

  • Eat plenty of hydrating foods: cucumbers, celery, oranges, and watermelon have high water content and contribute to your hydration needs.

  • Set reminders—Use phone alarms or apps to remind you to drink water at regular intervals; Waterllama is my favourite.

Reusable Water Bottle

Simple Rehydration Drink Recipe:


If you're feeling lethargic, headachey, tired, and struggling to focus, make up a batch of this and drink it over 30 minutes—you'll be amazed at how much better you feel.


½ cup fresh juice (I like orange or watermelon)

¼ cup fresh lemon juice (don't use the bottled stuff; it's got nasty preservatives in it)

2 cups filtered water or coconut water

⅛ - ¼ tsp Himalayan or sea salt (check your salt doesn't have anti-caking agents in it)

2 tbsp honey or maple syrup (try and use local or raw honey, and use a wooden spoon - metal spoons kill the good enzymes in honey)

Blender with melon and honey

Method:


Put all the ingredients in a blender and whizz up—add a couple of ice cubes if you like. If you don't have a blender, you can shake it all up in a jar or whisk it together in a bowl.


Tip: using slightly warm water helps the honey disperse and makes it easier for your body to assimilate.


A last word on water…


Not all water is equal. Tap water contains many impurities that aren't good for us and build up in the body. Investing in a high-quality water filtration system that filters down to at least 0.5 microns is a good idea. You don't want to take all the micro minerals like magnesium out, but it's essential to keep as much chlorine, lead, aluminium and fluoride in our tap water out of our bodies. I have a mains water filter fitted, so I don't have to have a jug filter; one less thing to worry about!

Pouring water from filter jug into a drinking glass

We should drink around 1.2L of fluids a day. This doesn't just have to be water; it can include juices and tea.

Pouring fresh orange juice into a drinking glass

Ilona Coryndon Burns

Yoga Instructor

Nutritionist



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