Drinking water is better for your health than you might think
Chiropractors are trained to have a detailed understanding of how the body functions and what we can do to look after ourselves. Water is well known for its revitalising properties, yet even though it is essential to health, the benefits of drinking water are often overlooked. Water is often ignored as one of the six basic nutrients alongside carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, proteins and minerals.
The medical evidence for good hydration shows that it can assist in preventing or treating ailments such as:
- urinary infections and incontinence
- kidney stones
- heart disease
- low blood pressure
- management of diabetes
- cognitive impairment
- dizziness and confusion leading to falls
- poor oral health
- skin conditions
The benefits of drinking water don’t stop there, either. Water plays an important role in keeping energy levels high and alleviating fatigue, and can also assist in weight management (by keeping the stomach feeling fuller), and with skin complexion.
Ten tips for drinking water
Improving hydration brings wellbeing and a better quality of life for patients. It can prevent illness, and reduce one’s dependence on prescription medication. Here are ten top tips from the team at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne to help you drink more water.
- On a sedentary day, try to drink around two litres of water
- Start by drinking a glass of fresh water when you get up in the morning
- If you are not used to drinking water regularly, try initially replacing just one of your other drinks a day with fresh water, increasing your consumption as the weeks go by
- Ask for a glass of tap water to go with your coffee and tea in cafés
- Drink a glass of water before and during each meal
- Hot water with fresh mint, lemon balm or a piece of fruit in – like lime, lemon, orange etc – often helps those who want a hot drink
- Carry a bottle filled with chilled tap water with you whenever you leave the house
- During exercise, drink at 10 to 15 minute intervals or think of it as a full glass every 30 minutes – drink slowly and drink early, it’s physically easier to do this when you are still feeling fresh
- Keep a check on your urine. As a general guide to hydration, it should be plentiful, pale in colour and odourless
- Ask for a jug of iced tap water with your meal when in restaurants and with your alcohol when in bars – good establishments will be happy to provide this
At Lushington Chiropractic we always have water available for our guests (patients), and we always encourage people to help themselves to a glass when they visit us.
Medical information and tips from the Royal College of Nursing, National Patient Safety Agency “Water For Health” toolkit (Aug 2007).
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By James Revell
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