Oh Boy!  I can’t believe the diet trends that have hit social media recently – it’s horrifying!  Health and wellness can be really simple yet social media influencers want to make it dangerous for the unsuspecting public.

With a teenage daughter who is on Instagram most of her spare time (much to my dismay) I was quite thankful she sauntered into the office yesterday and thrust her phone in front of my nose and said “take a look at this!”

Would you “Adam & Eve it! “ I exclaimed!  It seems that unqualified (in nutrition) social media influencers are actually suggesting that we quit drinking water and instead consume coconut water, fresh juices, birch water and eat foods high in water content (such as fruit and veggies).  Excuse me!  I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  Apparently due to the toxins and chemicals in the water we need to detox the kidneys and hydrate from a cellular level by drinking “living water”.  They also suggest that we “dry fast” for prolonged periods having no food or water.  Bring on the mega headache, muscle fatigue, heart palpitations, stress of the kidneys and other major organs of the body!  This is dangerous!

It is my humble opinion as someone who has worked in the fitness industry for over 25 years and a holistic medicine practitioner – we definitely need to be drinking water.  I get major headaches and muscle cramps if I don’t drink enough water daily, so I will NEVER suggest that anyone goes without drinking it for long periods.  This can perpetuate an eating disorder and can lead to dehydration very quickly – within hours.

On average our bodies are made up of between 60 – 70% water.  Our brain and heart is composed of about 73% water and our lungs are about 83% water.  We can live without food for weeks but for most people, we would last a couple of days without water.

The signs of dehydration are quite simple dark urine, headaches, constipation and fatigue are the general ones and I check for these myself and with the children.  From an early age I taught the girls to notice any changes in their urine.  Dark means you’ve not drunk enough water so aim for the lightest shade of yellow/clear as possible.  Remember if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Other signs to be aware of are:

  • Tiredness
  • Heat cramps or heatstroke
  • Brain swelling
  • Seisures
  • Hypovolemic shock
  • Kidney or other organ failure
  • Death

I have got so much more life in me yet to take these pathetic fads to heart and advise anyone listening to these so-called experts to be VERY careful!

Our bodies are made up of multitudes of cells and tissues which need to be nurtured and hydrated everyday so maintain a healthy balance and here are some extra reasons why we need water daily:

  • for our cells and tissues to be hydrated,
  • to help us digest food
  • to maintain blood pressure
  • to regulate our body temperature
  • to aid concentration and memory
  • to flush out body waste and aid bowel movements
  • to help cushion our joints

One thing I would say, is that the tap water in the UK is highly regulated and is safe to drink.  If you are unsure you can always use a water filter and pop it in the fridge or have one attached to the kitchen sink, which is my personal choice.  That way I have plenty of water “on tap”.  Believe it or not, bottled water is not as highly regulated as tap water.

If you are sipping water regularly I would suggest you use either a metal or glass bottle so it reduces the microplastics.  If plain water is something you don’t like the taste of try adding fruits such as strawberries, cucumber, lemon, lime to it so it infuses through to taste.

The take home from my article is KEEP DRINKING WATER!

 

Hope you enjoyed my article

 

Nikki