Hydration

Our bodies love water.

We are made up of a lot of water and you only have to get a little dehydrated and you start to feel discomfort: an obvious example is the head ache from heat stroke or a hangover! A general level of dehydration ongoing can cause a decrease in the elasticity of the tissues and severe dehydration a reduction in blood supply.

 

There is quite a lot of discussion about how much water is the right amount to consume in a day. Some people say 8 glasses (but this depends on the size of your glass) others talk about so many millilitres per kilogram of body weight and a popular amount talked about to drink in a day is 2 litres.  The amount each individual requires is different and is also dependent on activity levels and the temperature. The best way to judge hydration is on the colour of your urine. Try to keep it no darker than champagne-coloured. Once your urine reaches yellow you are already dehydrated and the darker it becomes the more dehydrated you will be . The diagram below is a rough guide.

 

If you find it difficult to drink water then other non-alcoholic clear fluids are OK.  Try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon to make the water taste or a dash of cordial. If you are a hot drink fan, why not drink a glass of water whilst you wait for the kettle to boil. Caffeine can be dehydrating so it might be worth switching to decaffeinated tea and coffee. Caffeine also has a tendency to make our systems 'buzz' which can add to the overwhelm of our bodies in a chronic pain situation so best to cut down or avoid it especially later in the day.

Get to know what you need and help nurture your body by keeping it hydrated.