Hydration is essential for maintaining a healthy body, but many people don't realise just how important it is. The human body is made up of, on average, 55-60% water, and - according to Harvard - this water is crucial for maintaining everything from organ function to brain activity.
The top 5 benefits of staying hydrated
- Water helps regulate body temperature through perspiration. When we get hot, we sweat, and the evaporation of sweat from the skin's surface helps to cool us down.
- Water helps break down food and move it through the digestive system. Dehydration can lead to constipation and other digestive problems.
- Water acts as a lubricant for joints, which helps to prevent joint pain and damage. Hydration helps keep you active and feeling young.
- Dehydration can cause fatigue and low energy levels. Drinking enough water can help boost energy levels and improve concentration. It can even help with your mood; no one is cheerful when they’re feeling sluggish and dehydrated.
- Water helps to hydrate the skin, improving its elasticity and preventing dryness and wrinkles. That’s right - the secret ingredient in the legendary fountain of youth is simply water! Although collagen can give it a real helping hand…
We all know that you need to stay hydrated, but drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day can feel like a chore. So we have collated some tips to help you keep up with your water intake without it becoming a burden.
Our secrets to staying hydrated
Eat hydrating foods, such as watermelon, cucumbers and strawberries. These high water content foods can help boost your hydration levels. Why not try a fruit salad for a healthy afternoon snack? Tasty, packed full of vitamins and will help you supercharge your hydration!
Try a scoop or two of our delicious Advanced Beauty Formula Collagen Powder mixed in with your water to give it a refreshing tropical or luscious berry flavour. This makes it more exciting for your taste buds while having the added benefits of improving your skin’s elasticity and radiance as well as supporting joint health.
Set reminders to drink water throughout the day, especially if you are busy or forgetful. You can even buy water bottles with time stamps on them to guide you on how much you need to drink by 10am, 2pm and so on. This helps you spread your water consumption out evenly so you don’t feel obliged to down a litre at the end of the day!
Squeeze in a regular daily workout! Even something not too strenuous like yoga can help you get sweating and give a little incentive to up your water intake. Plus, this tip comes with bonus fitness benefits, such as improved stamina and reduced risk of disease. Check out our home workout guide to get started! Just remember to drink water before and after your workout to avoid getting dehydrated.
- Avoid caffeinated, alcoholic or very sugary drinks, which have a dehydrating effect. These are okay in moderation but it’s best not to incorporate them into your regular diet, as they may detract from the amount of water you drink and have other potential negative impacts, for example on your sleep cycle or mood.
I hope we’ve set our thirst trap persuasively enough for you to go get hydrated!