Are you drinking enough (water)?


Ever since my gran told me as a teenager that drinking water would give me beautiful, clear skin I’ve been trying, and most often failing, to sip the prescribed 6-8 glasses or 2 litres per day (depending on who you listen to). I’ve lost count of the number of heavy bottles I’ve lugged around in my bag or that have sat on my desk only to be left almost untouched. As the wintry weather sets in, it becomes even more of a sticking point. No matter how many acupuncturists, Reiki therapists, nutritionists, yogis, facialists and doctors tell me it’s good for me, I just don’t like it. Especially cold water, with ice. Especially with a meal (which I now know is not a good idea anyway because it dilutes the digestive enzymes).

I’ve been mulling on this lately and I do realise it has become a battle of wills between me and my body. Because deep down I know I feel better when I drink more water. I know this because when I get back in touch with my thirst and appetite (and having just been on a detox that’s where I’m at) most of the time, my hunger pangs are actually liquid pangs. And when I have enough liquid I completely forget the 4pm coffee/chocolate craving, I’m more energetic and my skin still looks bright and moisturised at the end of the day. Mind you, that’s in combination with the cocktail of expensive face creams I’m now addicted to. Plus, what we eat can contribute to how hydrated we are – plenty of crunchy salads, fruit, lightly cooked vegetables, soups which have a high water content make sense as opposed to dry, salty or dense foods. Read More…