Drink More Water

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People do not drink enough water as they don’t realise that our bodies are almost 70% water. It is recommended that we drink about 2 litres of water a day. At best the human body can only survive a few days without it.

Water is the oil of the body; it lubricates our system and maintains the balance of our bodily fluids. It gives us stamina, aids our circulation and helps to flush out waste.

Most of us regularly put oil in our cars to get the maximum performance from them, but when it comes to our bodies, it is a different story. The very first thing that I ask a new client is, “HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU DRINK?” It is essential, and the right amount of fluids help our bodies perform efficiently.

When you feel thirsty, you have lost 2% of your body fluid, which means that you then have a mind boggling reduction of 20% in your ability to perform mentally and physically.


The biggest external organ of our body is the skin; we need water to hydrate the skin. You can put any amount of moisturisers, lotions and potions on the skin but it’s only water that will give it the very best treatment.


When you exercise or work out you lose fluids from the body; you must always replace lost fluids due to sweating, your intake must equal your output. Muscles are thirsty they need hydrating, or you may find that you are losing more muscle than you are gaining. You need it for peak performance.


Water helps your kidneys to function efficiently; you can tell by the colour of your urine whether you are drinking enough water, it should be a very pale yellow, if not, you are dehydrated.

Many people experience a dip in energy mid afternoon; this is also due to dehydration. Dehydration can also cause headaches. Some people don’t like water so you can add a splash of sugar-free squash, I like to use Vimto. That takes the fluoride taste in tap water away, or perhaps purchase a good water filter.