Are you feeling fatigued? Do you constantly suffer with headaches? Do you poop less than 3 times a day?
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of the above then there’s a fair chance that you’re chronically dehydrated.
As adults, we lose on average 500ml of water per day through sweat (just normal perspiration – I’m not talking about exercise induced sweat), 500ml through breathing and (if you’re going to the bathroom regularly) 1.4litres through pooping and peeing.
If there’s an internal drought going on in your organs, you’re going to feel tired and you’re going to get headaches. The brain alone requires 1-1.5litres of water every day.
When you wake up in the morning your body is in elimination mode and you should be having your first bowel movement. If you’re not, then drink a litre of water and get your body moving. Drinking lots of water will help flush your system, help ensure you’re having multiple bowel movements each day and as a result you will lose weight.
The four ways our body eliminates toxins are Urination (Kidneys), Perspiration (Skin), Deification (Colon), and Respiration (Lungs). These pathways our body utilizes for cleansing and removing the body’s excess all require water, so it’s critical that we stay well hydrated if we want to remain healthy.
The heavier you are the more water you should drink. One of the most sensible pieces of advice I’ve read on the subject recommends you drink 1litre of water for every 22kg of body weight. I’m currently 78kg which means I should drink 3.5litres of water per day.
I add Himalayan salt to my water and I drink a large glass at a time rather than sipping throughout the day. I find it’s easier to get my quota this way and often a large glass of water is enough to suppress my appetite.
It takes time for the body to get to an ideal point of hydration too, literally weeks of drinking the right amount of water. So keep it up, and know that the benefits are increasing.
Hope this helps!