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You’re a superhero and you know it. We don’t have to tell you twice! As heroic as we are, we could always use a little help getting the nutrients our body needs. In today’s blog post, we are going to be talking about the role that hydration plays when it comes to fuelling our busy bodies throughout our days!
Picture this, on a perfect day, we wake up early, hit the gym and grab a coffee from Starbucks or our favourite coffee shop on our way to work or school. We hustle for 3-4 hours before breaking for lunch where we likely grab another coffee and fuel ourselves with a salad, sandwich or leftovers from the night before. Then we sit back down to grind it out until 5:00 pm hits and we take off for home. When we get there, we might have a shower or change into our comfy clothes, grab a beer from the fridge or pour ourselves a glass of wine and then start preparing dinner. After we eat, we curl up on the couch with a snack in hand and maybe another beverage or cup of tea until it is time to sleep. This day seems pretty normal, right? What if we told you that this routine is setting you up to be dehydrated?! Did we get your attention?
The average Canadian consumes 3 cups of coffee per day, each containing an average of roughly 210 mg of caffeine. Before we even consider starting our day, we need to adequately prepare ourselves the night before. This means drinking a big glass of water before going to bed so our body learns to retain the water overnight which causes us to stay hydrating all night long. In the morning, we should aim to drink two big glasses of water to kick start our day. Studies have shown that drinking water first thing in the morning helps to improve skin complexion, encourage weight loss, boost one’s metabolism, increase hair shine and texture, relieve heartburn and indigestion and strengthen our immune system. Water might look plain and boring on the outside, but it plays a major role in our body in almost every cellular activity on the inside. Most importantly, drinking water increases our blood volume. This, in turn, increases the amount of blood circulating to our brain resulting in more oxygen being available to be utilized. In other words, drink water and you’ll be smarter for it!
Water also plays an important role in regulating many other bodily functions including:
Without an adequate amount of water, we are prone to experiencing dehydration, which can easily be identified by the following symptoms:
Now that we’ve covered the benefits that water has to offer, let’s dive into some easy, implementable tips that you can use to ensure you’re drinking an adequate amount throughout the day.
How to Increase Your Water Intake:
Tip #1: Drink 2 Glasses In The Morning
Tip #3: Watch the Caffeine
Tip # 4: Supplement with Electrolytes!
By Lindsay Mustard. Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist, foodie and firefighter-in-training with a burning passion for health and fitness. In her nutrition practice, Lindsay works with clients to craft a unique plan that is tailored to their specific health goals using a natural, whole food and supplement approach.