Water 101: the power of hydration

Water 101: the power of hydration

Why is drinking water so important and what are some of the benefits?

Water is a chemical compound that is crucial in helping our bodies to function at an optimum level, ensuring we remain healthy. 

The substance aids the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food we eat and perform important functions like digestion, detoxification and temperature regulation. Not to mention it can also help to lubricate joints and ensure soft tissues like eyes, nose and mouth remain moist.

If you’ve ever noticed how sluggish you feel or how dull your skin appears when you’re dehydrated, then you’ll understand that drinking enough water also helps boost energy levels and restores glow to skin.

How much should you drink?

With all of these benefits in mind, it should be easy to find the motivation to drink plenty of water, right? But how much water do we actually need?

Aim for 2.5 to 4 litres daily, tailored to your unique needs. Women typically need around 2.7 litres (approx. 11.5 cups), while men may aim for 3.7 litres (approx. 15.5 cups). Your sex, height and weight all factor into how much water you need, along with environmental and lifestyle factors like the climate in which you live or how much activity you do each day. Pregnancy and breastfeeding also call for additional fluids to keep hydrated.

Drink Up tip: Love your reusable water bottle. Take it on the run, in the car, next to you when you’re cooking dinner and by your bedside at night - you’ll start to up your intake and reap the benefits.  

We hope these tips will help you to create your own Daily Rituals for self care. 💫 Need more inspiration? Follow @embodyme_daily or sign up The Weekly for more on curating precious moments for you each week.