OK, this is obvious and I really don’t want you to think I am talking to you like kids but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of the basics when we are all so busy and pre occupied trying to conquer the world, or at least build our own little empires.
I’m sure I won’t be the only one who has ever given themselves a headache from not having drunk enough water throughout the day. I say water but I mean any drink or fluid really, bar heavily sugared/caffeinated drinks which are bad for your teeth, and or being a diuretic actually cause you to lose more fluid in the long run.
This topic is of particular interest to me at the moment simply because the national levels of lead that are acceptable in our water supply has been decreased here in the UK and as such our particular house and street is now above said level. We are having to drink bottled water while the issue is tackled by our local water supplier. Our own house hold seems to be drowning in empty plastic bottles more than anything right now.
There seems to be a slight variation on advice around just how much we should drink if you do a quick Google search online. America feels 2 litres is preferable for its citizens to the 1.2 litres stated on NHS direct, but then America is vast with lots of different climates to think about. Clearly here in the UK we would need to drink a lot less than say one of our ex-pat sisters or brothers living in sunny Spain.
But back to my main point. I know I personally really do feel it when I haven’t had enough to drink. I get cranky, I make mistakes or worse still I don’t even apply myself to work in the first place, I don’t even get started. If I have a headache from hell 99.9% of the time I can solve this by drinking more water. I know a lot of you will be exclaiming that you don’t want to drink that much or you will be up and down to the ladies room all day long! Well, I say that’s a good thing! We shouldn’t be sitting at our desks for too long anyway, getting up and moving is good for us too, double whammy. I will make an exception for you though if you are a police officer, my best friend is a police officer and it just isn’t convenient for her to need to visit the ladies all the time.
HOWEVER, here is an interesting fact to combat that issue for you! Your body can only absorb 50 milliliters per 15minutes, so little and often will stop you needing to go to the toilet so often, downing a glass of water in one hit means you will need to eliminate some of that fluid sooner than later.
While I am talking about water I just wanted to give a shout out to these guys, Drink Water www.wedrinkwater.com who I found when researching this piece. They noticed how all the big energy drink brands targeted the snowboarding industry and wanted to say something about it. Their objective started small with home printed t-shirts and stickers with ‘drink water’ written on them etc. but soon their mission became in their own words ‘bigger than themselves’ and the plight began to address the fact that around a billion people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. 10% of their profits go to water.org, a non-profit working on solving the global crisis.
Stay hydrated folks, we have no excuses here.
Based on her own research, knowledge, personal and business experiences to date Polly writes regular blogs based on the themes of Health, Wealth and Happiness for Professional Spring. A support and networking community of like minded business women set up by Polly and her two friends Jacquie and Rupal.