Self Care Key – Hydration

Hydration is central to our health and it the heat of the summer we need to be extra aware of our water intake.

But why is water so essential?

How much do we need daily?

And, does it matter when we drink water?

💦Let’s dive in and find out!

A 2011 study conducted at Cambridge reveals that proper hydration enhances brain function, including working memory. Staying hydrated also alleviates headaches, prevents constipation, and aids in temperature regulation, contributing to maintaining a healthy weight. Even mild dehydration of 1% to 3% can cause fatigue and anxiety.

The recommendation for an average adult is 2 Liters, or 64 ounces of water per day. But does it matter when the water is consumed? A 2013 study on overweight women found that drinking 16.9 ounces of water 30 minutes before each meal led to significant reduction in body weight and body fat.

One of the main challenges with drinking water is following through with good intentions. It can be helpful to use a container with a known volume and determine how many times you need to fill it to reach your goal. Accountability charts or apps can help maintain consistency, especially if you’re building a new habit. What benefits could you gain by ensuring optimal water intake?

Some quotes about water to enjoy…

“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” ~ Slovakian Proverb

“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” ~ Unknown

“Water is the driving force in nature.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci