Updated: Nov 17
Today, we want to share something about water and Hydration. Why? Because, as you might know, we are totally into water and we like to talk about it a lot. ;)
We rarely think about what water means to us and our bodies. We just drink it. We might know that 1,5 or more liters are important for our bodies, but we usually don’t question it. Right?
Water is necessary for our body, as more than half of it consists of water. Without water we can’t survive that long. Generally speaking, we can survive up to three days without water. But that is only the maximum time span, because the first signs of dehydration already appear after 24 hours.
Drinking enough water each day is crucial for so many other reasons: it prevents infections and delivers nutrients to cells, regulates your body temperature, keeps your joints lubricated, keeps your organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves your cognition, mood and your sleep quality.
So great and so easy, isn’t it?
Even though water has many more benefits for our bodies than we think, there are plenty more options on how to stay hydrated.
Here are some tips for proper hydration:
The early bird gets water in the mouth: A glass of water right after you get up helps get your metabolism going. Warm water is even better to get your digestion going. The warmth also helps your blood vessels to expand.
Always have it handy: You should always have a bottle handy and, above all, put it in a place where you can see it!
Eat and drink: Always drink while eating. This increases the feeling of satiety and helps you to eat more slowly and feel more full, so you eat less.
Always drink a little: Drinking a large amount of water at once is not the right solution as our body is not able to save that much. The best is to drink smaller amounts of water throughout the day. Experts recommend drinking around 11 cups of water per day for the average woman and 16 cups for men.
Not only water: There are alternatives to water, for example herbal or fruit teas. Also freshly squeezed fruit juices, smoothies or vegetable juices are great to stay hydrated.
Sports: If you are into sports you know the importance of fluid intake and supplementing with vitamins during and after exercise. During physical exertion, the body loses a lot of minerals and fluid, so it’s very important to compensate for this loss.
Fruits and veggies: Eat plenty of them, especially very "watery" foods such as fruit, for example watermelon or other melons, vegetables, fruit juices, sorbet and fruit ice cream. Try to stay away from sugar-sweetened beverages when trying to stay hydrated, they are not helping. ;)
Do you want to add anything? Contact us, we are happy to hear your thoughts. And don’t forget to stay hydrated. 🙂