Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Silver Linings: Hydrate yourself!

I recently came across an article that showed the metamorphosis of a 42-year-old woman who went from not drinking much water at all, to drinking 3 liters of water a day. She hopes to solve digestion problems and headaches, and ended up looking a couple of years younger.

That article reminded me of how important it is to drink enough fluids. Tea and coffee our soft drinks don't really count - and the rule of thumb is that you need a cup of water for every cup of tea or coffee you drink, to balance out the dehydrating effect of caffeine. By the same token, alcohol dehydrates you - ever noticed being extremely thirsty after a night out? Ever noticed how much less of hangover you get when you remember to down a couple of cups of water before going to bed after a few too many drinks? Dehydration can be unpleasant, to say the least...

One of the effects of not drinking enough water, is that you might feel tired. So next time when you try to read a paper and feel like dozing off, try a large cup of cold water - you'd be surprised to see how the fog disappears from your brain.

And the question remains: how much water should you drink per day? Well, as WebMD suggests - it depends. However, if you drink less than 1,5 liters of water a day, you might be missing out on the fun!

So, in short: Auntie Eva tells you to have a cup of water. Cheers!

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