Everybody knows that it is very important to drink between 1.5 and 2L of water per day. A minority of people actually do it, and yet drinking enough water has many benefits in the short and long term.
First of all, let's do a quick science point: our body is composed of 60% of water. We lose an average of 2 liters of water due to the evacuation of our urine, our stools, sweating of course, but also by our breathing.
Why drink so much water in a day?
The benefits of hydration:
- Better functioning/regulation of the body.
- Better brain function.
- Helps to eliminate body fluids and waste products (through urine, sweat, feces).
- Maintains beautiful skin and healthy joints.
- Better digestion.
- Allows you to heal faster from a virus (when you have a cold for example).
The consequences of dehydration:
Dehydration can have harmful effects on your body, in fact it can cause vomiting and even diarrhea (in extreme cases of course). Some migraines are partly caused by lack of hydration as well.
Cramps and aches are also consequences of poor hydration after a sports session for example. Staying hydrated right after a workout can help you avoid aches and pains that may be minor but can be unpleasant or even debilitating.
When to drink and how to stay hydrated?
- When you wake up (2 large glasses of water).
- Before each meal.
- Before, during and after your training.
- Before going to bed.
To stay hydrated you can also rely on vegetables and fruits, but also on infusions throughout the day!
And last but not least: don't wait until you are thirsty before drinking 😉