• Virginie, Naturopath

Don't forget to drink water!

If there is one thing I hear most when discussing diets and specifically water intake is: “yeah, I know I should drink more water…” or “I just don’t like the taste of it…” That goes for adults and kids.

Water is one of the cheapest way to improve your health. There are millions of reactions in your body that need it to function properly. Let me be clear on this: water is essential for health and being dehydrated is making your body pointlessly work harder.

Did you know that this fluid helps regulate body temperature, transport nutrients, maintain brain function, improve bowel movements and enhance physical performance.

And I’m not even broaching the subject of weight loss and skin health to which water is essential.

Not getting enough water can cause side effects like nausea, fatigue, constipation, headaches, and dizziness.

How much you drink really depends on what you consume as you will have water in fruits and vegetables as well as in some other drinks such as teas. It also depends on your age and gender. However aiming to drink between 2.5 and 3L water per day should support body functions optimally for most people. You may even drink more if you exercise.

And help is available! There are phone apps around you can use to remind you to drink water, so check them out.

As for the taste, there are so many delicious ways to change it such as putting mint, strawberries or lemon in it that it is not really an excuse.

A final note: don’t wait to feel thirsty, it’s already too late, just drink regularly.

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