‘Drinking water is your saving grace’ . You have heard it said so many times that staying hydrated is important for your health. You perhaps have wondered what it all means. Or maybe you know what it means but then you do not care very much. It hasn’t affected you after-all or so you think.
You are the type that only reaches out for a glass or two when thirsty.
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You might be the kind of person that lives in Ngong and works in Nairobi. Your work day is comprised of 14 hours where 5 of those are spend on the road. This is because you have tried to learn the road but you haven’t. Commuting feels like a second job. Yet, ‘health freaks’ keep hammering you with information on how much water is important for your health.
You have to find a way of accommodating your water intake.
IS THAT A HEADACHE?
When you have had a headache and popped a painkiller, maybe you needed to pause and ask yourself whether you had taken enough water.
There are other problems associated with reduced water intake like severe tiredness, headaches, weight gain, high blood pressure or even kidney complications.
Scientific evidence suggests that dehydration is one of the leading causes of missed days of work. Headaches that are caused by dehydration can easily be prevented or treated by increasing the amount of water you consume. While it is still contested how many glasses of water you should take, 8 of them sounds like a good place to start.
CONSTIPATED? HOW ABOUT DRINKING WATER
You haven’t gone to the bathroom and your belly feels like a balloon. You are thinking about the food you ate and wondering why it makes you feel this bulky? The simple answer maybe lies in how much water you have taken. Your body needs water to be able to flush out waste and toxins. If you don’t take enough of it then you will be constipated.
Without water, our bodies can’t flush out waste and toxins. Perhaps a good place to start measuring whether you have taken enough water is by looking at your urine. Naturally it should be pale yellow. If it is dark then you need to increase the amount of water you are taking. If it is clear as water then you may have to go a little slow.
There are many other reasons why you should take more water. Looking younger and a skin to die for is often attributed to your hydration. So what if you still have a problem remembering when to take some? Well, technology has been designed just for you. Here is a list of apps that;
iDrated – This has has one of the top ratings when it comes to water intake. It helps you set a daily target so that you can stay hydrated. You can download iDrated and it will help you track the last time you took water. This app is free.
Waterlogged- Another free app. This one frees you from having to slot in annoying alarms to remind you to take water. Waterlogged allows you to set reminders to drink your water as well as keep track on whether you are meeting your goals.