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Why Drinking Water Will Make You Happy?

No, it is not because water is the basis of all life on this planet.

But, eventually yes, this is the reason... Go to the toilet and check your pee now.

Is it dark yellow?

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Go to the toilet and check your pee now

 

Are you drinking enough?

Of course, I mean drinking water. Getting enough fluid is very much part of a healthy diet. Recently I’ve come across a handy calculator to check my daily fluid intake – I thought I share this with you.

This is a question that I have to ask myself from time to time. It is not because I am not doing well, but life is changing – new job, new circumstances, a more stressful period etc and we simply forget about drinking enough. This is just slipping down on our priority list.

There are also life stages when we have to revise and adjust our fluid intake – like pregnancy, breastfeeding or surgery operation. But our fluid needs changing only by getting older too, so it is very useful to revise our fluid intake regularly.

We all know that this is important. However, we are prone to just assume that we drink enough. So we need to check from time to time that we are getting enough fluid.

But how can we tell that we are getting enough fluid?

Fluid needs can differ among individuals – and it depends on our activity level, the temperature and humidity in our environment and our individual body chemistry.

We need minimum 1.5l water a day to survive, but we really need much more than that. Inadequate fluid intake influences so many are in our life – and I understand that many people do not recognise the correlation between these and their fluid intake.

And here is the calculator to find out your daily fluid need: Recommendations for daily water intake

How drinking water makes you happy?

• Weight loss and healthy weight

Drinking water is really important in a weight loss diet as it helps us eat less by making us feel full and it also boosts the metabolism. The other critical point is that we are prone to mistake thirst for hunger – and eat more and drink less than we need. So drinking water is really important in weight management.

• Better performance

Dehydration can reduce decision making, concentration and motor skills. Research shows that a dehydration level of just 1 percent of your body weight reduces thinking functions. You need water to stay refreshed, hydrated and focused – and this way it improves your performance. 

• More energy

Feeling tired is one of the first signs of dehydration and filling up with water can make us more energised. When we really need to focus on something a glass of water can help us to stay refreshed and alert and promote clearer thinking. Water also improves our physical performance by contributing the energy transformation.

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• Helps the body’s natural cleaning process

Water is essential to a healthy kidney function. Our kidneys, along with our skin, liver and lungs, play a huge role in the ability of our body to excrete all sorts of waste products through urine. If we don’t drink enough that puts a strain on our kidneys and slows down the detoxifying process.

• Better relationships

This one may sound weird, but actually just like food- water too has an impact on our emotions. Drinking water improves our mood, makes us feel happier and thus it helps to build a better relationship with our family and friends.

• Less stress

Studies have shown that dehydration can raise the cortisol level in our body. Cortisol is one of those stress hormones and drinking enough water can keep your stress level down. We have enough stress in our life, so we really should not put on more by dehydration. Keep

• Beautiful skin

We all know that water is very important helping our body to get rid of toxins. Not drinking enough water takes its toll on our skin: it loses its moisture, its radiance and more wrinkles turn up. Chronic dehydration leads to the early ageing of our skins. There is no moisturising cream that could be a substitute for drinking water. So it is worth to watch our fluid intake, and make sure that we drink enough – evenly distributed throughout the day.

So, yes our happiness is strongly influenced by our fluid intake. Where to start? The first step is recognising thirst.

How to recognise thirst?

Thirst is one of the most obvious signs of  dehydration. But there are other signs too that we not that easily recognise as thirst – like impatience, loss of appetite, constipation, nausea, tiredness and weaknessWhen we experience dizziness, headache, shortness of breath, a decrease of the amount of saliva and our body produce less urine – that means already 6-10% loss of fluid. Dry mouth is already a serious sigh of dehydration and means too much loss of body fluid.

Our body lose fluid with urine and sweat, but water is also lost through stools and insensibly through skin and breathing. We need to replace this fluid loss drinking water and eating high-water content food.

The colour of urine is a good indicator, it should be light yellow or rather clean. If we do not drink enough our bodies retain extra fluid for maintaining essential body functions – and our pee becomes more concentrated. So it’s dark yellow and smelly.

Consistently concentrated urine can result in kidney stones too. We can avoid kidney stones and urinary tract infections by drinking more.

Why is drinking water is a problem and how to solve it?

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Drinking enough water can be a problem. Firstly, because we do not pay attention and drink only when we are already experiencing headache and dry mouth. Secondly, caffeinated drinks make this even worse as they work as diuretics and dehydrate our body. And the third problem is that we drink sugary fizzy drinks, soda, coke, juices, smoothies, diet drinks, sports drinks – everything just not water.

Why is this a problem? They are fluids just like water, does it matter? Actually, yes, it does matter what we drink and not just because of the additional calories in these drinks.

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What to drink?

Only 20-30% of our fluid intake comes from our food, the majority 70-80% from water and beverages

Dietary fluid intake should compensate for most of the body water losses. 

Alcohol and decaffeinated drinks – although they are drinks – not able to rehydrate our body, just make dehydration even worse.

Soft drinks and fruit juices are too concentrated, the water absorption from these are too slow, so they are not good as fluid replaces. Athletes need their drink to replace used up fuel too, but a person with moderate activity do not.

So no coke, no coffee, no orange juice. What then? Only plain water?

  • Firstly, best to limit the number of caffeinated drinks to 1-2 per day. The best to drink healthy green tea (like matcha tea) but roasted grain drinks are a good alternative if you want to go completely caffeine free without breaking up with the familiar routine of making a brew.
  • If you care about your teeth, health and figure water is the best solution. Get used to the taste of plain tap water (filtered water is even better). If you really hate the taste of water try fruit infused water adding berries to your water or make a refreshing drink with mint and lemon. Apple and/or ginger slices also work well.
  • Diluted drinks: If you dilute soft drink and fruit juices 1:1 with water drinks will absorb as fast as water.
  • Now and then opt for a glass of coconut water.
  • Choose low-calorie diet drinks – but these are useless as fuel replaces, so if you do regular exercise choose rather sport or fitness drinks.

What? Have I to set up a timer to remind me drinking water?

It’s hard. I know but a routine can help you to resolve the problem without taking up to much attention.

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My advice to set up a plan – actually two plans and follow them. Make one drinking plan for workdays and for one for weekends. Stick to you favourite cup and mug and calculate how many cups/glasses you need to drink to complete your daily fluid plan. Then just distribute these through your day. For instance, if you need to drink 2.1l a day that means 7 glasses of water using a 300ml cup. Knowing your daily routine attach these drinks to your daily activities – like one glass of lemon water when you wake up, one with your breakfast, one when you get to the office, one in your 5 minutes break etc. As our weekend routine is different to the working days we need a plan for the weekend too. When you have a plan, you just have to stick to it.

Be patient it takes time to implement this routine and make it a habit.

What about children?

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Children are not different from us in terms of how fluid intake influences their mood and their behaviour. Only they cannot recognise and express their thirst.

We parents however very often cannot read well the signs of thirst on our children. What we see, that they cannot focus, they make tantrums, they are moaning or they behave like little devils.

When my daughters get home from the nursery the first thing what I do is offering them water. I know they are not just thirsty but tired too, giving them a drink calms them down. This is because they are usually too busy in the nursery to have a drink (that it is always available for them in the nursery, of course). By the time they get home they are irritated and moany – they probably have a headache and/or discomfort from being dehydrated.

So I know it is a very popular topic: How to get your children to drink enough fluid?

But I think the real question is rather: How to help your children to recognise their thirst sensation? And how to provide an easy (!) access to a drink all the time.

 

Coming to this point I’ve just realised that this is an another huge topic, what is so important that I have to come back to it in another post.

Finally, here are a few useful links:

This is the NHS guide on dehydration: Dehydration

This is an article about how to set up your kitchen to support your healthy lifestyle – among them getting enough fluid:

DOES YOUR KITCHEN SUPPORT HEALTHY EATING?

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