Hydration is Key
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
We have all heard how important it is to drink water and stay hydrated. However, do you know why hydration is essential to our health? Water makes up most of our body weight and aids in our body's ability to:
Flush out toxins
Digest our food
Keep our skin healthy and glowing
Regulate our body temperature
Helps with constipation
We have been told for years to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day, but how many of us are committed to this? The average Canadian is consuming closer to 1-2 glasses of water per day, resulting in plummeting energy levels and sometimes weight gain.
An easy measure to see if you are getting enough water every day is to check the colour of your urine. Pale or almost colourless means you're hydrated and dark yellow means you need to drink more water.
tips to stay hydrated throughout the day:
Limit your caffeine consumption: 1 cup of coffee can dehydrate your body by 2 cups of water. So, depending on your caffeine levels, you may need to double up!
Keep a water bottle handy: Buy yourself a reusable water bottle (500ml or larger) to help you keep up with your water consumption.
Supplement with electrolytes: Add your favourite flavour of Ener-C Multivitamin to your daily regime as well. This will give your water a delicious real fruit flavour, as well as provide you with the added benefits of essential multivitamins and electrolytes.
If you're hungry, drink some water: Often when we are dehydrated, our body signals that we are hungry. Next time you feel like you need a snack, try having a glass of water instead.