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Should you be drinking more water?

You can read the full article on Stuff: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/share-your-news-and-views/11171913/Should-you-be-drinking-more-water

Do you ever feel like a wilted flower when you wake up in the morning? There’s a cure for that, it’s water!

Humans are composed of more than 60 per cent of water and our cells call out for the fluid every second of every day. We need it to function.

Hollywood star Cameron Diaz stated in her most recent book The Body Book, that she wakes up every morning and chugs one litre of water, and she immediately feels rejuvenated, awake, and out of sleep-mode. I couldn’t agree more.

Water has always been my drink of choice. It just makes me feel good about myself.

If you experience frequent headaches, constipation, or cravings, then you should probably be drinking more water.

To know if you’re drinking enough water or not, listen to your body. If you begin to feel thirsty, then you’ve gone too long without drinking water. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, then you’re not drinking enough water.

The amount of water intake should vary depending on the person. For example:

– If you are on your feet eight hours a day, sweating: You need to drink more water to refill the fluid you’ve lost throughout the day.

– If you’re in an office for eight hours a day: You need to drink enough to replenish the water you’ve lost from inhaling and exhaling in that air-conditioned room.

– If you drink a lot of coffee: Many believe coffee is a diuretic, which means it may increase the amount of times you’ll need a bathroom break. To prevent this excessive fluid loss, you should always drink a cup or two of water after drinking coffee to replenish the water you’ll lose.

There’s never going to be a set amount of water everyone should drink per day – we’re not all the same.

But we can all get the same health benefits.

Here are the top five benefits of drinking water:

1. It promotes weight loss: Water helps remove all the by-products of fat, it reduces food intake by filling up your stomach, and it raises your metabolism.

2. It increases energy: Our brains are largely made up of water. If we drink enough water, we become more alert, sharp and focused.

3. It’s a headache remedy: Water is nature’s free medicine.

4. It keeps your skin looking good: Our skin cells need water to plump up. Drinking water will make your skin glow.

5. It improves your mood: Giving your body what it needs means you get all the benefits.

When was the last time you had a glass of water? Maybe you should have a glass or two now?

Remember to always carry a water bottle with you – wherever you go. It’s truly a life saver!

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