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Water: the necessary but also "tasteless" ally of our health

Νερό: ο απαραίτητος αλλά και «άγευστος» σύμμαχος της υγείας μας

What are the real daily needs of our body in water and how, those of us who do not drink it with pleasure will manage to put it in the right amount in our daily lives?

 

 

 

The water, constitutes the 60% of our total weight, removes toxins from our body, transports all nutrients, helps maintain good circulation and maintain a healthy body weight, adds radiance to our skin and reduces inflammation of muscles and joints.

It has also been observed to prevent urinary tract infections as a point and is imposed in cases of kidney stones as well as constipation. A study by Harvard researchers found that risk of bladder cancer reduced by 50% for those who consume more than six glasses of water a day, compared to those who drink just one glass.

THE lack or loss of water, causes dehydration and our body can not function properly sending the message with the feeling of thirst. Even when we are slightly dehydrated, our energy drops and we get tired more easily. Every day, we lose water through breathing, sweating, urine. In order to have physical balance, we need to replenish the amount of water we lose.

Most of us know him The "golden rule" of eight glasses of water a day (about 2 liters). This amount includes beverage water as well as that found in fruits and vegetables (some contain up to 90% water).

We need to consume more water in the following cases:

  • Physical exercise
  • Special environmental conditions such as hot and humid climate or high altitude
  • During pregnancy and lactation

Can too much water be harmful? Although rare, when our kidneys are unable to expel excess water, blood electrolytes break down and sodium levels fall, leading to hyponatremia.

For those of you who find it difficult to drink the recommended daily amount mainly because the water is tasteless, try the following tips that will definitely help:

  • Start your day with a glass of water as soon as you wake up
  • Always have a bottle of water in your bag or on your desk
  • Add natural flavor to your water by adding a small amount of fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme mint or mint, or a few slices of lemon or orange or even cinnamon or ginger. Experiment with cucumber slices or various fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, pineapple and even watermelon and make hydration enjoyable.