In the health conscious world we live in we’re constantly being told to keep hydrated and to hit a goal of 8 litres of water a day! It’s plastered throughout our favourite health magazines or on the wall in the doctor’s surgery – but not without good reason!
Staying hydrated is essential in terms of general health and well-being but it’s importance is increased further when you’re living an active lifestyle. As a runner, I was aware that I was previously not taking on enough water throughout the day. I would drink coffee at my desk, only filling up my water bottle when the time to exercise came round and as a result, I was dehydrated a lot of the time! Not only did this mean I was gulping water whilst working out (never a good idea on a long run) but I was also suffering from mild headaches throughout the day.
Since I told myself I must drink more water – and forced myself to do it – I have seen a number of benefits. Yes, what you read is true!
- Clearer Skin – I’ve never really suffered from bad acne or spots. I tend to get the odd one here or there but nothing major. However, lots of water and peppermint tea throughout the day have completely cleared things up and I’m pretty much blemish free. I have noticed a drastic improvement in my complexion and you could say I’m now glowing! My skin feels soft, smooth and clean!
- Less Bloating – Drinking more to combat water retention? That sounds like a myth but it’s not! If you drink more, your body retains less water as it isn’t thinking – ‘when am I next going to get water?’ As a result, I’m also nipping to the bathroom a lot more often and flushing toxins from my body. Forget expensive teas, etc – plenty of water and a simple green tea will detox your body far more effectively.
- Reduced Hunger – A lot of the time when we think we may be hungry, we may actually just be thirsty or even bored. Grab a big glass of water and see if you really are still hungry afterwards.
Give it a go and see how you feel afterwards – I can promise you won’t regret it! Ditching coffee for peppermint tea and water was one of the best things I’ve done for my health so far!