January detox Time to reset
It’s that time of year again! After a month of putting our body through its paces with enough food and wine to last a lifetime, many of us view January as our chance to undo all that indulgence and reset our habits, ready for whatever the new year brings.
Whilst there are a hundred different ways to boost our wellbeing and encourage our body to carry out all its natural detox processes, one of the easiest and quickest ways to start is with the humblest thing on earth. The best part? All you need to do is fill up a glass…
Water Our body’s unsung hero
Time and time again, we’re told that drinking more water is vital for our health and well-being, but we might not know why. The truth is, there’s scarcely a part of our body that doesn’t rely on good hydration to work effectively – our blood needs water to get all essential nutrients to our cells, our kidneys need water to get rid of the waste products we don’t want, our joints need water to stay properly lubricated, and water is vital for maintaining a stable body temperature, particularly in hot weather. The list goes on, and on, and on…
Dehydration The bad and the ugly
So, what happens if we don’t get enough? Dehydration has a variety of short and long-term health implications. In the short term, you might suffer from headaches, a dry mouth, feelings of lethargy and dizziness, and it might be more difficult to concentrate. In the long-term, constipation, UTIs and kidney stones are just some of the nasty side effects of not drinking enough.
How much? The big question
The general consensus is that between 1.5 and 2 litres is sufficient for most adults. Given that around 75% of people are under-hydrated, a good rule of thumb is more than you’re drinking right now.
There are a number of factors that impact how much you need to drink. A hot climate, low-calorie diet, high level of physical activity, pregnancy, and old age are all reasons you will want to drink more than the average person.
Sources It’s everywhere!
There are thousands of ways we can get more water into our system, some more effective than others, but here’s a list to get you started.
Just drink water This one’s obvious. Bottled or tap is fine, though if you’re choosing tap water, make sure you check that it’s safe in your area. If drinking plain water doesn’t grab you, try infusing it with cucumbers, grapefruit, or oranges – it makes a surprisingly big difference. Even a touch of squash isn’t a bad thing if it helps you drink twice as much.
Herbal tea Along with having very high water content, herbal tea has its own range of benefits, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Water-rich fruits and vegetables Grapes, watermelon, kiwi, oranges, lettuce, cucumber, and celery are particularly water-rich options, but upping the amount of any fruit and vegetables in your diet is a great two-birds-one-stone way of improving your water intake and nutrition.
…anything liquid Coffee, tea, soda, juice… these are all viable ways of getting more water into your system. Ideally, though, these wouldn’t be your primary sources.
Remembering to drink/Not forgetting to drink This is the hard part
Lots of us carry water bottles around and forget about them, finding them, still full, at the bottom of our bag at the end of the day. Fortunately, there’s a new simple way to keep up with our hydration – Ulla by Hukso. This smart gadget tracks when you drink and sends subtle reminders to hydrate. Small and lightweight, it fits on any and all bottles. (Click here to find out more).