Water consumption – How much water do you drink?

How much water you drink a day will be governed by how much activity you do.  As we all do something different  It will vary for everyone.  There is no set rule.

I have read you should drink 8 glasses of water a day!!!  I’ve tried but it just seems all too much, and I can never drink that much, not with having cups of tea or coffee as well, it just makes me go to the toilet more often.

But I do drink as much as I can, generally around 4 glasses throughout the day.  Unless I’m doing some sort of activity then I’ll drink a bit more.  As it is good to help flush out your system.  I always start out when I first get up and have a good drink as this helps wake up your organs before you do anything else.

How Much Water?

At the end of the day, no one can tell you exactly how much water you need.

Do some self-experiments, some people may function better with more water than usual, while for others it only causes the inconvenience of more frequent trips to the bathroom.

If you want to keep things simple (always a good idea), then these guidelines should apply to 90% of people:

  1. When thirsty, drink.
  2. When not thirsty anymore, stop.
  3. During high heat and exercise, drink enough to compensate for the lost fluids.

The most important one may be during times of increased sweating. This includes exercise, as well as hot weather.

If you’re sweating a lot, make sure to replenish the lost fluid with water. Athletes doing very long, intense exercises may also need to replenish electrolytes along with water.

Most people don’t need to consciously think about water intake because the thirst mechanism in the brain is very effective. However, certain circumstances do call for increased intake.

 

I read this section below out of an article.

Does More Water Help Prevent Health Problems?

There are several health problems that may respond well to increased water intake:

  • Constipation: Increasing water intake can help with constipation, which is a very common problem.
  • Cancer: There are some studies showing that those who drink more water have a lower risk of bladder and colorectal cancer, although other studies find no effect.
  • Kidney stones: Increased water intake appears to decrease the risk of kidney stones.
  • Acne and skin hydration: There are a lot of anecdotal reports on the internet about water helping to hydrate the skin and reducing acne, but I didn’t find any studies to confirm or refute this.

 

Bye for now,  and if you haven’t been drinking water, now is a good time to start.

 

Spring Season – The waking up of Nature and putting a spring in your step

Spring –

It’s now nearly at the end of Spring in our neck of the woods.  Not that you would know going by the weather.  As I write this it is another wet day.  Being in Daylight saving we can see it a bit longer!!! Just a thought.

It’s been great to see all the blossoms on trees as you drive around the countryside, knowing summer is just around the corner.  The newborn animals in the paddocks.  The starlings have some chicks up in the birdhouse in the backyard, the parents are in and out with little bits of food in their mouths.

Even the weeds know it’s getting warmer as they dance around saying look at me.  These days for me it is getting down on a cushion to pull the blighters out.  I might try some spraying this year in some places.  

Just finished spring cleaning one of the gardens, pulling out weeds adding a little top dressing with some mulch.  Planted out a few plants that were growing in pots.  

Three fruit trees I planted a few months ago are all in buds, so they have taken off alright.

Getting into the Mood –

Now is also a good time to get into the mood of sharpening up those muscles and things.  To get ready for those BBQ parties and Dancing.  Also good for the spirit and mind.

Try something new, if you can’t go to a gym (can be a bit expensive) there are a few things you can do at home.  You can do a lot of exercises with a couple of dumbbells and a skipping rope.  

A walk or jog is always a good thing, starting with 10min and working up.  Even 40min walk three times a week can make a difference to you feeling great.

 

Tai Chi –

Also if you ever thought about doing Tai Chi, have a look at this YouTube Video.  For a few easy steps to start off with.  If you find you like it there are more advanced Videos on YouTube.