The power of hydration to immunity, health and weight management
Are you a regular water drinker? Well I'm not..and it is something I consciously work on every day. Water is essential for metabolism and health. Although most of us remember to drink water during the warm summer months, it is really important to stay hydrated during the winter too when we find ourselves in heated indoor environments surrounded by lots of cold and bugs.
Many health professionals recommend 8 glasses of water per day but daily water consumption should be based on your size and how active you are. A large number of us suffer from dehydration regularly and symptoms can include tiredness, thirsty, dry skin, dark coloured urine, headaches, frequent UTIs, constipation and even high blood pressure.
Adequate hydration also has a huge impact on your immune system. Water helps all of your body's systems function at optimum levels. Drinking plenty of water keeps your airways moist and functioning well to fight infection, keeps filter systems throughout your body clean and working effectively, flushes toxins and ensures that your cells get all of the oxygen they need to function as they are meant to.
If you let yourself get dehydrated, your metabolism can slow up. Research suggests adults who keep themselves well hydrated throughout the day burn more calories than those who drink less!
The best way to determine if you are keeping yourself hydrated is to check the colour of your urine. It should be the colour of light straw if you are getting enough water each day (note: vitamin/mineral supplements can darken the colour of your urine).