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Water is an efficiency elixir. It gives you a mental and emotional boost of by helping your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells. Blood circulation to your brain supports cognitive performance and emotional regulation. Staying hydrated gives you an increase in productivity and motivation which can help create the space for exercise in your week. 

Water is also an optimizing fluid for your body. Staying hydrated is key for smooth digestion. It supports your body in absorbing the nutrients in your food, dissolving waste particles and keeping comfortable efficiency through your digestive tract. Water also helps with waste management via the liver and kidneys. It can reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.

Top tip one is to choose water in a variety of formats. It’s easy to get bored with plain old water from the tap. Your first two cups of water of the day might be decaffeinated herbal tea. The bulk of your daytime water might come from bottles in the fridge with slices of lemon and the remainder from the cooler at work. Sparkling water is another great option – either store-bought or via a carbonated water machine for your kitchen. 

Top tip two is to create daily rituals around your water drinking. Line up multiple bottles of water in the fridge at home. Invest in attractive bottles you enjoy using and grab one every time you leave the house. Make it your policy to never say no to a glass of water when one is offered or available. Create healthy habits such as always drinking water in meetings at work and while waiting for takeaway coffee. It’s a popular myth that drinking water with meals is a bad idea. But there’s no evidence that this harms digestion. A pretty bottle of still or sparkling water is a great addition to the dinner-table.

Drinking water is a cheap, effective way to boost your brain, enhance your physical performance and improve your general health. Some people have a well developed thirst mechanism but for most people it’s a discipline. Mix up your format and build the habits into your daily life.  When you’re moving and hydrating effectively you’ll be on the upward spiral to greater wellness.

Reference:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9303999/

This article provides general health and wellbeing information. It is not intended to be medical advice. Please consult an appropriate healthcare professional for any specific concerns.

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Water is an efficiency elixir. It gives you a mental and emotional boost of by helping your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells. Blood circulation to your brain supports cognitive performance and emotional regulation. Staying hydrated gives you an increase in productivity and motivation which can help create the space for exercise in your week. 

Water is also an optimizing fluid for your body. Staying hydrated is key for smooth digestion. It supports your body in absorbing the nutrients in your food, dissolving waste particles and keeping comfortable efficiency through your digestive tract. Water also helps with waste management via the liver and kidneys. It can reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.

Top tip one is to choose water in a variety of formats. It’s easy to get bored with plain old water from the tap. Your first two cups of water of the day might be decaffeinated herbal tea. The bulk of your daytime water might come from bottles in the fridge with slices of lemon and the remainder from the cooler at work. Sparkling water is another great option – either store-bought or via a carbonated water machine for your kitchen. 

Top tip two is to create daily rituals around your water drinking. Line up multiple bottles of water in the fridge at home. Invest in attractive bottles you enjoy using and grab one every time you leave the house. Make it your policy to never say no to a glass of water when one is offered or available. Create healthy habits such as always drinking water in meetings at work and while waiting for takeaway coffee. It’s a popular myth that drinking water with meals is a bad idea. But there’s no evidence that this harms digestion. A pretty bottle of still or sparkling water is a great addition to the dinner-table.

Drinking water is a cheap, effective way to boost your brain, enhance your physical performance and improve your general health. Some people have a well developed thirst mechanism but for most people it’s a discipline. Mix up your format and build the habits into your daily life.  When you’re moving and hydrating effectively you’ll be on the upward spiral to greater wellness.

Reference:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9303999/

This article provides general health and wellbeing information. It is not intended to be medical advice. Please consult an appropriate healthcare professional for any specific concerns.

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