My first challenge will be to drink more water. This should be the easiest and cheapest way of improving my health immediately. I have never been great at drinking water and have suffered from symptoms of dehydration over the years not least overeating having mistaken thirst for hunger. There is no excuse. We have water machines at work supplying both still and sparkling water at the touch of a button. We were even given our own water bottle a couple of years ago to encourage people to drink more. Moreover, water on tap is perfectly drinkable and if filtered, there is no need to spend a fortune on the bottled stuff.
So how much water should we be drinking? 8 glasses a day? 2 litres a day? Whilst looking for guidance on the net, I found a water calculator which advises you how much water to drink based on your body weight-a neat tool but I’m not confessing here how much I should be drinking!
In addition to the well-known physical advantages of being properly hydrated there are mental health benefits to. Early signs of dehydration include fatigue, poor concentration, and fogginess. Further dehydration may lead to depressive symptoms including moodiness, apathy and sleep disturbances, anxiety, tension and overeating. I’m hoping that by drinking more water my symptoms will abate.
So from today I’m going to do myself a big favour and start drinking more water. Hopefully not only will my physical health benefit but my mental health will too.
I will let you know.
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