When your busy running your home based business it can be easy to get so focused on your business that you can forget to look after yourself. This one simple tip importantly heaps you maintain your health and can significantly boost your performance too.
Drink More Water!
You often hear that you need to drink more water, but has anyone explained WHY you need to drink more water? Drinking an adequate amount of water and staying properly hydrated can solve many annoying day-to-day health issues, and possibly prevent a few very big ones.
Our bodies are 55-60% water, it fills our cells and body’s tissues and is the major component of our blood. We lose water through sweat, and evaporation as we inhale and exhale. It filters our liver and kidneys as it flushes and carries away toxins and waste products. We need to continually restore this fluid loss as a decrease of as little as 1% can adversely affect body function. Drinking water and preventing dehydration will:
Boost Your Brainpower
Being dehydrated by only 1% of your body weight can reduce your cognitive performance, drinking water is vital for mental performance and thought processes. Drinking adequate water (6-8 glasses per day depending on age, environment and activity), can increase your cognitive performance by as much as 30%. Drinking water will also prevent the dehydration which is one of the most common causes of headaches.
Maintain Heart Health
Studies conducted over a six-year period and published in the American Journal Epidemiology found that people who drank 5 or more glasses of water per day are 41% less likely to die from a heart attack. The results are attributed to maintaining a healthy and adequate blood volume and the constant flushing of the bodies systems. Similar research suggests that staying hydrated may reduce the risk of bladder cancer and colon cancer as water consumption eliminates excess sodium and toxins and reduces the occurrence of constipation and the occurrence of kidney stones. There is little point having a home business doing what you love if you are not going to be able to enjoy it.
Promote Weight Loss
Water is an extremely effective appetite suppressant, drinking water 30 minutes before a meal will maintain hydration and reduce the amount of food and number of calories you eat. Not sodas or colas, frappucinos, bottled juices, alcohol, beer or energy drinks. WATER. Water contains NO fat, NO calories, NO carbohydrates and NO sugar – why would you drink anything else?
Promote Healthy Skin
Proper hydration allows for and aids perspiration (sweating) which also eliminates toxins and helps regulate body temperature. Water is also vital for cellular health and integrity and staying hydrated will improve the condition and appearance of your skin by replenishing skin tissue, moisturizing, increasing skin elasticity, flushing out toxins, and improving blood circulation to the skin and underlying tissue.
What’s the simplest thing you can do to look better, feel better, and improve your health? DRINK MORE WATER! How much water should you drink each day? There is no one-size-fits-all answer, the amount is based on body weight, activity level and the environment. The Mayo Clinic originally developed the 8×8 Rule that suggests 8 ounces 8 times daily as a good place to start. Another approach is to judge how much water you need by the color of your urine, the darker your urine, the more dehydrated you are and you need to drink water and replenish.