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Water is the most important factor in keeping us alive.  Without water the human body can only survive for 3 to 4 days.  With this in mind, do we do enough for our bodies when it comes to keeping ourselves hydrated?  Many of us have already realised the importance of drinking water.  Maybe you have always maintained a healthy lifestyle or maybe a health scare has forced you to re-evaluate what you put in your body.  Wherever you’re coming from the fact remains clear – we need to drink more water.

 

Water is essential for our organs to function properly.  During the day and night our bodies constantly lose water through breathing, sweating and urinating.  If we don’t replenish this water loss, this deficit may impact the way our bodies work.  Our heart  needs to work harder and we may find it more difficult to carry nutrients to where they’re needed or to flush out waste, leaving us run down.  Our digestion process can become compromised and we may find ourselves constipated or other common problems may occur in our bladder, liver and kidneys.  Mild dehydration can be detected in the darker than normal colour of our urine, or by the onset of headaches, dizziness or fatigue.  If we don’t respond to these signals when they happen then we run the risk of severe dehydration which can lead to loss of consciousness and sometimes death.

 

So, what do you do when you’re thirsty?

 

When we feel thirsty, we are responding to our bodies’ signal to our brain that we are dehydrated.  Sometimes the feeling of thirst can be misread by our conscious minds as hunger.  Many of us may reach for a glass of water, some of us will snack and some may prefer a drink with sugar or caffeine.  A few of us may even reach for a cold beer!

 

So, let’s break down the effects that these choices will make on our bodies.

 

Choice Health Pros Heath Cons
Water Good Hydration None
Plant Infused Water Good Hydration

Some Nutrients

None
Vegetable or Fruit Snack Some Hydration

Good Nutrients

None
Electrolytes Suitable when dehydration occurs through illness or sports. Consuming too much may be harmful.
Other Snack May increase energy Salt or Sugar may increase dehydration
Milk Good Hydration Calories = Weight Gain
Juice Good Hydration Calories / High Sugar
Tea / Coffee Some Hydration May dehydrate with added sugar.

Too much caffeine will dehydrate.

Soda None Will Dehydrate

Calories = Weight Gain

Alcohol None Will Dehydrate

Calories = Weight Gain

 

When we consume a drink high in sugar, caffeine, sodium or alcohol, our bodies react by sucking water out of our cells in order to metabolise it.  We are instantly using up more water than we are gaining to flush out the toxins we are ingesting through these drinks.  Although caffeine is only a mild diuretic, your kidneys still require extra water to complete the process.  So next time you feel the urge to reach for an ice-cold beer or a sugary soda when you feel thirsty on a hot summer’s day, think again.  You may be doing the exact opposite of what your body needs.

 

The Australian Department of Health recommends that adult males should drink approximately 2.5 litres of water per day, adult females 2 litres and children between 1 to 2 litres depending on their size and age. 

 

So how do we consume this amount of water?  Do you think you are drinking your recommended amount? 

 

We challenge you to write a drinks diary for a week to accurately record what you are drinking and how much.  You may be surprised.

 

What do you drink when you wake up?  If you are like me then you will start your day with a caffeinated drink of tea or coffee, possibly followed by a glass of water.  Maybe during the day at work, you keep a water bottle next to you which you sip throughout the day, but at lunch go for a soda.  Do you stop for after work drinks or maybe have a glass of wine with dinner? Perhaps you exercise in the evening after which you have a sports drink.  

 

It is important to take control over your daily water intake.  But what can we do if we are not meeting the recommended target?  Some of us are happy to drink pure water but some of us find this more of a struggle.  Maybe we have family members – children or elderly parents who are just not that interested in drinking water.  Maybe we find ourselves with an ailment such as diabetes which forces us to cut down on sugar intake.  

 

I think we are all in agreement that the best drink for hydrating our bodies is pure water.  At Kiss Teas we have created delicious drinks made purely from plant infusions with pure water that will hydrate every cell in your body and leave you feeling renewed and ready for action.  You no longer need to turn to sugar, alcohol or additive laden drinks if you are looking for an alternative.

 

Just add water!

 

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