We are pretty much made up of water. Our body is made up of around 70% of water and our brain is made up of 90% and we need to keep our human glass topped up.

Drinking water for health

It is important to drink water to keep hydrated as it can help keep your mood elevated, maintain concentration and performance.

In their article ‘Water, Hydration and Health’ Popkin, D’Anci and Rosenberg describe that being mildly dehydrated can affect your performance, reduce your ability to use your artithmetic skills and perform psychomotor skills (smaller and more intricate movements you may do day today).

 

Hydrating for your mood

It can also effect your mood and energy levels. Some studies have found that mild dehydration can leave you feeling fatigued and an inability to concentrate; which aren’t the feelings you want when you have a busy day ahead of you.

When your body is in a dehydrated stated it will start going though the process of dealing with stress in the body. You will find more information on stress in my blog on stress and posture but as you are aware as humans we have many factors contributing to our stress levels, being dehydrated is an easy one for us to improve.

 

Brain Function

Drinking enough water helps the brain on a cellular level, it helps neurotransmitters (chemicals that send signals from your brain to your cells) It can therefore improve the function of your cells which means improving how your body runs. Have you woken up the day after drinking lots of water and felt great?

 

It can help you move more easily

From a movement point of view, drinking enough water helps keep your muscles and tissues healthy. Water keeps the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and tissues fluid so they can glide alongside each other with ease. Being dehydrated prevents this smooth movement of the tissues and if you spend lots of time at your desk can impact on how your neck, back and shoulders feel. We want a well oiled machine don’t we?

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So how much should we drink?

Most health organisations recommend around 8-10 glasses of water a day or between 1.5-2 litres a day. This will vary from person to person, men often need more than women and if you take lots of exercise again you will need ore to replace the loss of fluids when you sweat.

Tip: Drink a couple of classes in the morning when you wake up and keep a glass of water by your desk at work, or a bottle in your bag as a reminder.