GORSE GETS HEALTHY

Hydration

Why drink water

Staying hydrated will help you be successful at school. Your brain needs to be properly hydrated to function properly. The cells in this organ need a precise balance of water and other elements in order to work the way they should.

The importance of hydration

Our bodies are made up of about 60% water.

You should aim to drink 6-8 large glasses of water a day in order to maintain this balance.

Drinking water is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain and muscles.

Studies show that just a 2.8% reduction in hydration can have an effect on short-term memory.

Being hydrated can have a positive impact on attention span, memory capacity and motivation. It can also help alleviate feelings of anxiety.

The negatives of dehydration

Dehydration can have multiple negative impacts including headaches, reduced cognitive and physical ability and feelings of anxiety.

Because our bodies are so reliant on water, dehydration can mean that we are also more susceptible to illness and disease. it also means that our recovery rate is much slower.

How you can change your habits

Water is the best choice when it comes to meeting your body’s needs for fluids as it does not have any calories and is free if you drink tap water.

Make water more exciting by adding slices of lime, orange or lemon.

Drink a glass of water as soon as you get out of bed, this will help hydrate the body after sleep.

Do not wait until you feel thirsty to have a drink

Thirst is an early response to dehydration.

Fit your fluid intake around your daily routine and take a bottle with you on the go.