It is summer and along with lovely days of beaming sunshine comes the need to remain properly hydrated! This is probably a given for most people that live in warmer countries, but I am a Scandinavian and somewhat of a polar bear and have limited skills and knowledge of how to best cope in 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 ℉). One thing that I do know though is the importance of drinking water, so I drink to my hearts content and I love how good it makes me feel! Most of the time I drink pure water straight from the tap but sometimes I spice it up with a few slices of cucumber or any other fruit. I know that a lot of people love to drink coconut water to rehydrate (as it is supposed to work more efficiently than water), but personally I do not fancy the taste all that much. I am also a bit sensitive (allergies) to coconut so I try to steer away from that if possible but if it is a favorite of yours by all means; indulge!
I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep an eye on your water intake as it is vitally important for the body to be able to function properly and remain balanced. Additionally, research reveal that most people think that they drink enough of water during the day, but results show that they do not. Recommended amount of daily water intake for an adult according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and National Health Service (NHS) is about 2 liters of water for women and 2.5 liters for men. Of course this may vary depending on your age, body mass, climate and physical activity – it is therefor important to remember to adjust your water intake depending on what you do, who you are and where you are. Stay hydrated lovelies! ♡
Fun Facts about Water and hydration!
✔︎ water is a nutrient for all cells in our bodies
✔︎ remember to drink before you get thirsty, small sips throughout the day is the key
✔︎ water is essential for life and health
✔︎ fluid requirements are individual, figure out what your body needs to remain hydrated
✔︎ water contributes to the maintenance of normal thermoregulation
✔︎ 70-80% of the daily water intake should come from drinks
✔︎ water contain no sugar, calories or additives
✔︎ research shows that people do not drink enough water despite thinking that they do
✔︎ water contributes to the maintenance of normal cognitive functions
✔︎ If you are getting enough water your urine should be a pale straw colour
✔︎ keep in mind that dry environments (for instance air-conditioned offices) increase need for fluid
✔︎ water performs crucial roles such as carrying nutrients and waste products between our major organs