Do you drink enough water? Or do you tend to forget it during the day? Personally, I have always been good with my daily water intake, but I know a lot of people struggle to drink 1-2 liters of water a day! And who can blame them really? It is a lot of water to drink if you are not used to it.
Some people can go for days and even weeks without actually drinking water. Instead, they get their water intake indirectly from other sources, such as coffee, sodas or other drinks. They also get water from some foods, like fruits and vegetables, but is this enough?
The short answer is no. You need to drink regular, plain water. It’s as simple as that. Our bodies contain a lot of water, and every cell depends on it, which means that water from vegetables is never going to be enough.
What is dehydration?
When more water is being lost by your body instead of being put in, dehydration happens in your body. Our heart and brain consist of more water than the rest of our body, which means that water is essential.
If you don’t drink enough water during the day, you will feel drained of energy in the afternoon. It is a vicious cycle really because if you don’t drink water, you become tired and your energy levels are low.
When this happens, most people go for that cup of coffee to get some energy from the caffeine, but the problem here is that coffee is actually dehydrating. It doesn’t give your body the water it needs. Or you may go for that chocolate bar with a lot of sugar in it, but because your body needs water, this won’t help you either.
Drinking a tall glass of water before you go for that cup of coffee or eat your chocolate bar will certainly have the desired effect you are looking for – more energy.
Your body needs 1,5 to 2 liters of liquid daily. By liquid, I don’t mean coffee, soda or energy drinks. Liquid consists only of water/infused water, herbal tea or vegetable juice.
Did you know…
… if your body needs water it will get the liquid from your skin, which contains different waste products that are not good for your digestion or your skin. This tends to lead to constipation, which will make you tired and it can also make you feel sick. Water is your best friend!
Drink herbal tea
Herbs have been in use for centuries. It is one of the oldest therapies in the world and there are several studies behind the benefits of herbal tea. Several countries still use herbs in natural medicine.
Herbs have been used for all sorts of ailments and problems, as well as promoting general wellbeing. I have found that some of the best herbs for mental wellbeing are Lemon Balm, Rose petals, Spearmint leaves, Chamomile Flowers, and Rose Hip.
Herbs contain lots of different vitamins and minerals and several great nutrients, which your body and brain need. Your mental health especially will thank you for different herbs.
I use different herbs in my own tea. I will mention all of them below:
Nettle tea is cleansing. This tea is also used by people who have skin problems, such as pimples, closed pores, oily skin etc. It helps your body get rid of waste and has a great effect on your blood sugar as well as keeping your blood sugar level stable.
Rich in antioxidants and offer one of the highest levels of Vitamin C. It helps strengthen and protect your immune system, relieves tiredness and stress. Rosehip tea also has great anti-inflammatory properties that will help prevent stomach cramps, heartburn and bloating.
During World War 2 Rosehip tea played an extremely important part in the provision of Vitamin C to British children in order to replace the normal source from citrus fruits.
Did you know…
… severe stress or chronic stress diseases will increase inflammation in your body. This will change your immune system and make you sick more often. Rosehip tea is a great way to boost your immune system.
This herb is used as an appetite stimulant, digestive aid and also natural diuretic. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B, complex C, and D as well as minerals, such as iron, potassium and zinc. It also stabilizes your blood sugar levels.
It helps relieve anxiety and mental stress, in general, and is also a great aid if you are not sleeping well during the night.
Peppermint tea helps improve your energy levels and reduce daytime fatigue. The peppermint oil that is found in peppermint tea can also help increase your alertness and memory, which in turn can help you improve your concentration.
Chamomile tea was first used by the Egyptians. It is a herb well known for its calming and relaxing properties. It is known to benefit anxiety symptoms by helping you sleep better at night.
Lemon Balm tea is relaxing for the central nervous system. It is a herb that has been used for mild depression, panic attacks and anxiety for centuries.
What do you do to stay hydrated during the day? Do you drink infused water or herbal tea?