One of my 5 areas of wellness to look at from last weeks newsletter was hydration, this also fits in nicely with our first week challenge from the Q Wellness project which kicked off on Tuesday but more about that later.

This week start by increasing how much water you drink. Have a big glass in the morning when you wake up and then one before each meal. If you really don’t like the taste of water, try and jazz it up with lemon slices, mint or cucumber to give it a bit more taste. Happy drinking team.

Here are 12 reasons to drink more water

Fluid balance
Roughly 60 percent of the body is made of water. Drinking enough maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature and digest food.

Calorie control
Drinking water could also help with weight loss. Numerous studies have found a connection between water consumption and losing a few pounds. Water simply helps you feel full, and as a result you consume fewer calories.

Muscle fuel
Sweating at the gym causes muscles to lose water and when the muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired. For extra energy, try drinking water to push through that final set of squats.

Clearer skin
Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne, water does flush out these toxins and can reduce the risk of pimples.

Kidney function
Our kidneys process litres of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet, kidneys need enough fluids to clear away what we don’t need in the body.

Productivity boost
In order to really focus, a glass of water can help you concentrate, stay refreshed and alert.

Fatigue buster
Move over coffee—water can help fight those tired eyes too . One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness.

Hangover help
If booze has got the best of you, help a hangover with a glass of water to hydrate the body and stop that pounding headache.

Pain prevention
A little water can really go a long way. Aching joints and muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is dehydrated .

Keep things flowing
Nobody wants to deal with digestion issues. Luckily, drinking enough water adds fluids to the colon which help keep things moving smoothly.

Sickness fighter
Water may help with decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when feeling under the weather.

Brain boost
A study in London found a link between students bringing water into an exam room and better grades, suggesting H2O promotes clearer thinking. What have you got to lose, give it a go.

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