It doesn’t matter what you think, hydration matters
No, coffee doesn’t dehydrate you. It hydrates you. So does tea. Stop believing in myths and start believing in science. Science says, a lot of us are dehydrated, even when sitting at our desks. If you’re dehydrated sitting at your desk, what do you think happens when you start cycling, running or go on a long flight? Well…you become dehydrated.
Educating people on hydration often becomes a long scientific process of explaning why it’s good and why you should do it. Instead, I’d like to tell you what you should do. How do you know if you’re dehydrated? Thirst. A lot of people choose to ignore this, or simply don’t notice. Dark urine is another clue. Oh, and those headaches you’ve been complaining about. Some people get annoying muscle spasm, and it’s not always because you’ve been sitting statically in front of a computer.
In Star Trek, Captain Picard was once called “a sack of water” by an alien lifeform analyisng him. It’s because it’s true. 2/3 of the human body is water. Yet even the largest lake would shrink considerably if all rivers supplying it dried out. You’re that lake, and chances are your hydration habits compare to that river that just dried out. So if I offered you a tool to make sure your body had optimal distribution of nutrients and an effective way to get rid of toxins, would you want it? The secret is…
Our bodies lose fluid every day. Toilet, sweat, breathing — those fun bodily functions. So how do you get enough water? Start listening to your thirst. Get that glass of water every second hour or so. Habit is the key. You need about 3 litres of water every day on average, but your body has evolved over milennia and thirst is the only real indicator you need, if only you would listen to it as often as you hear Justin Bieber on Spotify (in fairness, you might die of thirst if you follow that specific advice, we all have our preferences).
Obviously, when you do sport and go on long flights, you might notice your thirst more. Or the morning after you ran into an old friend and just intended to have one beer. Eight beers, I mean hours, later, you are probably VERY thirsty. The point is, your thirst is like that girl or guy who has been trying to get your attention for months, but you’re just too busy to notice. Start actively training yourself to feel real thirst, and your body will thank you.
I’m not going to list the benefits of hydration. Talk to your friend, Google. He can help you (did I just assume Google’s gender?).
Thanks for reading. Now hydrate.
Kindest regards from your friends at O.R.S Hydration.