Monday, December 19, 2016

How Much Water Should You Drink?

Do you own the perfect water bottle?  

I’m always impressed by many people come to my classes with their beloved water bottles and sit them proudly on the table like a beacon of health. 

The bottles come in all shapes, styles and colours. Some are stainless steel with wide rims and others are coloured with drinking spouts that pull up. They are multi-coloured and round. And some can even hold a whole day’s worth of  water…these always impress me. 

There are even some with a separate container in the bottom for lemon or cucumber slices if you don’t like drinking plain water.  

I’m jealous of all these water-carrying devotees because I too have a perfect water bottle. I fill it up regularly with water from the Britta water jug in the fridge but always manage to leave it behind on the kitchen counter at home when I go out. It’s why I often don’t drink my recommended eight glasses of water a day.  

As we head into the holiday season it’s wise to locate your favourite water bottle and carry it with you everywhere you go (note to self).  

There are many good reasons why we should drink water over the festive season. 

First and most important, water fills us up which stops us from overeating and drinking too much.  

A delicious Christmas dinner along with a few glasses of Christmas cheer can easily add up to a whole day’s worth of calories. A glass of water in between nibbles and wine will mean less time in the gym after Christmas trying to lose that Christmas bulge. 

Your body will thank you as well. We need to replenish the water we lose each day to stay hydrated. 

About 60% of our body weight is made up of water. Every system in our body relies on it. 

It’s recommended we drink 8 cups of water a day. We should aim to drink 1.5 litres of water a day, roughly about 6 cups plus other beverages, such as milk, juice and even coffee or tea. If you are active, have health concerns or live in a dry climate, your numbers will rise (sorry about that!).

So this Christmas season, remember to drink water.  

I suggest putting a big orange sticky note on the front door to remind you to take your water bottle with you when you leave the house. Then go and enjoy your xmas treats.

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