Whilst we can all acknowledge that it might not be the most exciting of drinks to have, the benefits of regular water consumption should never be ignored. With the body being made up of 70% water, it is important to keep our body hydrated. When asking patients how much water they drink a day, often the response is ‘Well I drink a lot of tea!’, unfortunately in most teas there is an element called Tannin which can add to dehydration and thus we feel more thirsty and drink more tea! If it’s not tea then we might have fruit flavoured squash or cold fizzy drinks.., lovely tasting but how good are they for our health?
Numerous studies highlight the detrimental effects that certain sugary beverages can have on our bodies and although the sugar free options seem enticing and healthier, the reality is that they are probably just as bad if not worse than the original sugared drink.
A new study published online suggests that artificially sweetened drinks can lead to a higher risk of stroke and dementia developing (stroke.ahajournals.org). They can also deplete us of the minerals that water can provide and lead to fatigue, mood changes, headaches and a reduction in concentration.
The World Health Organisation, suggests that we need to be drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. Around a litre of this amount we can derive from fruit and vegetables. Aside from keeping us hydrated, water helps to flush out toxins in the body which may have developed through injury, illness or a bad diet. So water really is a beneficial drink to have by your side.
If you need further convincing, a patient who had been suffering from chronic migraines for 15 years admitted to taking up drinking two litres of water a day. It took 2 years to clear but he is now free of migraines…. all because of water!
- Avoid becoming thirsty. This is a sign that you have already become dehydrated.
- Check your urine. It should be light in colour.
- Aim for about 2 litres of water a day.
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning to rehydrate and get your digestion going.
- Try jazzing up your water with fruits and herbs.
- Try to have most of your water between meals rather than at mealtimes so you don’t dilute your digestive juices.
- Remember that fruit and vegetables are a great source of water too.
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Clinic Blog Author: Kieron Kerr M. Ost
A golfing injury led Kieron to consider Osteopathy as a career. Kieron trained at the British School of Osteopathy, where he graduated with a Masters in Osteopathy. He has treated patients ranging in age from 7 to 88 years old and believes that Osteopathy can help with almost every condition.
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