The Hydration Must

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Water is one of the few crucial things that we need to live and an important part of staying healthy and focused.

This week we’ve seen news that many older people are de-hydrated, especially in some care homes. This is so sad, as water can be so re-vitalising and essential for a clear mind.

Whether I’m coaching individuals, business owners or young people, I like to check on their health too.

This is such an easy and cheap way to help your skin, body and mind! As my friend and colleague Allen Jesson says:

YOU are actually 60% water. So how much water do you need to drink on a daily basis to keep YOU going? 

Well, that is going to vary by person to person, by your diet, where you live etc. etc. 
As a rough rule of thumb, you should drink somewhere between 2 and 4 litres per day. 
But there are a couple of quick tricks that you can use to know whether 
you are getting enough fluid on a daily basis 
1.If you're feeling tired or lethargic, drink a pint of water. If you feel better 
within 5 or 10 minutes, then you were probably dehydrated.

2.Check the colour of your urine. Assuming that you haven't been eating beetroot
or the like, then your urine should be a clear, water like colour. If it is yellow or darker 
then you are probably dehydrated.

3.Try drinking 4 litres per day and see if it makes a difference to your energy levels and your overall 
sense of well being.

By the way, if you eat a healthy diet, you will get a lot of water from the fruit and vegetables. 
Soup is obviously good in this respect too. The good news for tea and coffee drinkers is that most 
studies have found that in moderate amounts, caffeine has only mild diuretic effects -- much like water. 

However, I'll finish with one last word of warning: Generally, alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it 
increases urination and flushes water (and other good stuff) from the body.

So, for hydration purposes, tea, coffee, water, fruit juice all good. Alcohol bad. Got it?