3 DRINK AT LEAST TWO LITRES OF WA­TER A DAY

Essentials (South Africa) - - HEALTH | FAST FIXES -

Many of us are liv­ing life too fast and, as a re­sult are in a state of de­hy­dra­tion. A lack of hy­dra­tion not only af­fects the kid­neys, but also our abil­ity to get some sleep. Drink­ing too much caf­feine can ex­ac­er­bate this and the de­hy­dra­tion ef­fect, as does spend­ing too much time in air- con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ments. Eat­ing food that has been ar­ti­fi­cially flavoured and pro­cessed, re­fined and stored can also re­sult in loss of its wa­ter con­tent. Did you know that your brain tis­sue holds the high­est wa­ter con­tent of any tis­sue in your body – that’s around 80%? So, when we are de­hy­drated, our brain is the first or­gan to reg­is­ter this deficit, and the reg­u­la­tory sys­tems in the brain that con­trol sleep are thrown out of kil­ter. If you don’t cur­rently drink much wa­ter, then start off grad­u­ally by drink­ing 500ml to one litre a day, and build up slowly un­til you’re drink­ing at least two litres ev­ery day.

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