All you need to know about H20…
Our bodies are made up of about 60% water. We need water to survive, in order for our bodies to function. Good hydration is essential for physical and mental health. It’s important to stay hydrated, not just during exercise, but at all times throughout the day.
Did you know recent studies have shown that more than 2/3 of children are dehydrated when they go to school in the morning? Drinking more water helps you to concentrate and improve brain function. Studies have shown that by increasing our intake of water, we are able to think faster, be more focused and experience greater clarity and creativity. It also helps you to feel happier!
We often confuse hunger for thirst. Remaining hydrated throughout the day will help reduce your cravings for sugary snacks. Good hydration as well as healthy eating forms an important part of a balanced diet. Our skin is approximately 64% water, so staying properly hydrated can help make you look, as well as feel better too!
Water is the most natural, healthy beverage you can drink. Its unique qualities and properties are what make it vital to life. It’s free from calories, fat, sugar, preservatives and additives.
Fizzy drinks and sugary juices are directly associated with rising levels of obesity, a number of serious health problems, as well as tooth decay. We should all try to cut down on sugar in our diet.
Cutting out sugary soft drinks and drinking water is a good way to start.
When playing sport, or when the weather’s hot, we lose more body fluid and are more likely to become dehydrated (1-2% loss in body weight).
During exercise our bodies are working harder, requiring both physical and mental focus.
It’s important to ensure we’re hydrated before, as well as during and after exercise, otherwise your body will have a tougher time tolerating any temporary dehydration, having an adverse effect on your performance and recovery.
We’re proud to supply some of the UK’s finest sporting venues and work in partnership so with some of Britain’s finest sports teams and athletes.
Thirst is the first indicator of when we need to hydrate and for most people we should ‘drink when we’re thirsty.’ We’re not however always good at recognising the early signs of thirst.
Another indicator of whether we are adequately hydrated is urine colour. As a general rule of thumb, if you are healthy and well-hydrated, your urine will tend to be straw-coloured, and then it becomes progressively darker the more dehydrated we become.