When the sun shines and the weather warms up, even at this time of year, we need to be so much more aware about the level of fluid in our system.
Dehydration can make us feel drowsy, lethargic, light headed and most obviously thirsty. Sometimes we can be convinced that we are hungry when in reality what we really need is a drink. Because our bodies need liquid our minds will often crave foods that contain moisture.
An easy way to check whether you are sufficiently hydrated is to check the colour of your urine. If it is dark then it is likely that you need to have a drink. When you are hydrated it should be straw coloured.
I have noticed the horses drinking more since the sun has been making more of an appearance, Noah has been a great help making sure their water buckets are regularly topped up.
Making sure our children get enough to drink is so important and it is so easy to forget. Noah really loves his different drinks bottles, a nice pattern makes all the difference to his enthusiasm for water! Try this trick yourself. I find the glass I use makes a huge difference to whether I fancy drinking water. A wine glass with water in at dinner time makes it seem much more attractive.
This morning, post run, pre work, I called into see my friend Cath. I needed to rehydrate after my exercise and she was getting ready to go and do weights at the gym. We sat outside in the sunshine and enjoyed a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon in it – perfect. The same feeling as having a cup or tea or coffee, just as sociable and yet so much more hydrating.
Keeping on top of our drinking patterns is all about establishing good habits and to make a habit of drinking regularly you need to be more mindful. Don’t wait until you feel tired and headachy before you get yourself a drink.
When you are well hydrated you will find everything works better. Your digestive system will be happier. Your skin will look better. You will think more clearly. So it really is important.
Like everything in life there is the need to strike a balance. Too much fluid can be as much of a problem as too little…
So how to get it right?
1) Keep a glass/bottle of water with you at all times.
2) Take small sips often.
3) Avoid getting thirsty and then drinking lots in one go.
4) Cut down on caffeine, fizzy drinks and alcohol – they all dehydrate.
5) Each time you have a drink take 5 seconds to enjoy the sensation – this will keep you in the moment and create a little more headspace at the same time.
Now time to get up and get a drink!