Well-being blog: stay hydrated!
When you’re healthy, you perform better at uni and work, your body moves better and you just feel better. One of the easiest ways to improve your physical health is by staying hydrated, otherwise known as just drinking enough water… it’s that simple!
What are the risks of dehydration?
If you’re dehydrated, the nutrients you consume don’t get absorbed by your body so your organs will not be at their peak function. It will also increase the duration and severity of headaches, and can cause dizziness and fatigue.
Benefits of staying hydrated
Your mood, sleep, mental capacity and general well-being are improved with hydration. You won’t exactly get smarter if you drink loads of water but without enough you are making your body work less efficiently. They say around 8 cups of water a day is around the minimum, or you can fill up a 750ml water bottle around 3 times throughout the day. Fill up your water vessel and drink up!
Top tips on staying hydrated
- Bring a water bottle everywhere! Invest in a water bottle you love and have it by your bed, at your desk and with you when you’re watching TV. Insulated metal drink bottles are reusable so good for the planet, and will keep your water cool.
- Use an app or set alarms on your phone reminding you to drink. Ideally you’re not just chugging water twice a day, but instead taking small amounts spread out through the day. You can set reminders on your phone every hour or two reminding yourself to have a glass.
- Drink when you want to snack- you can definitely snack too, but often our minds mistake thirst or needing to drink for hunger, so instead of getting the water you need, you fill up instead! So when you are fancying some chips or chocolate it may be your body reminding you it would like a drink.
- Drink before, during and after exercise and on hot days- you need to replace that fluid lost when you sweat so make sure you’re keeping your water intake up when you’re working out or during warm weather.