The top of the show was about work done by Israeli researchers to show that not one diet works for everyone. So when you see the latest fad diet that says it’s the answer, it isn’t always the case. Water Why do we need water?
- Our body is made up, on average of 60% water
- Cell health
- Body temperature regulation
- Joint lubrication
- Toxin transport out of the body
- Essential for brain health (hangover is dehydration of the brain)
- Helps deliver oxygen around the body
- Essential component of your body’s natural detoxification systems
- Water is required for most of the chemical reactions in your body
- Brain and heart are composed of 73% water
- Lungs are around 83% water
- Skin contains around 64% water
- Muscles and kidneys are 79% water
- Even our bones contain 31% water!
- Water helps flush out toxins rather than those toxins being stored in the fat cells, causing the fat cells to increase in size
- Staying hydrated can actually increase your metabolic rate but up to 30%
When to drink
- Do you drink when you feel thirsty or before you begin getting those thirst signals?
- If you ignore those thirst signals and your body begins to enter dehydration, mental focus becomes harder
- Thirst begins when our body has lost between 1% and 2% of water
How much water do we need?
- Guidelines say 8 glasses each day which is around 2 litres
- This can vary depending on activity level and also environment (hotter climate needs more water)
- I personally think it should be an average of 2.5 to 3 litres per day
- Don’t go over the top with the amount of water you drink, you can actually drink too much
Indicators we aren’t drinking enough
- Dark urine
- Lack of energy
- Dry mouth
- Dry skin
Does the water have to be filtered?
- At the beginning of a health journey, the fact you’re drinking the right amount of water is what matters
- You can choose to drink filtered water but it isn’t completely necessary