Water is one of Earth’s finest resources and an element we see numerous times a day, but do we ever really utilise it as much as we should?
It is said that we can go without water for between 3-5 days before any serious implications, however this is significantly reduced in a climate such as Fiji. In our tropical climate we lose more water than usual because of the soaring temperatures which increases the amount we sweat.
Without water our body and our everyday functions are affected. We are made up of over 60% water and without the correct fuel we can often struggle to work. De-hydration can play a massive part in our moods as we experience headaches, fatigue and start to feel lethargic when our body is crying out for water. A lack of water can often lead to fainting or heat exhaustion if we are not careful. During exercise water plays an integral part in eradicating lactic acid build up in our bodies.
Water is also vital to ensuring we keep the elasticity in our skin, so if you want to keep that youthful look then get sipping.
Sometimes we often think we are peckish and in need of food, when more often than not we are actually just dehydrated. So the next time you think you need that piece of cake, have a glass of water and see if that suppresses your appetite and you will be surprised at how drinking water often can help look after your waist line.
A key indication that you are dehydrated is to look at the colour of your urine and if it resembles that of apple juice, then that is a clear sign that your body is in need of more water as your urine should be light in colour.
Former Fiji Bati and Australian Kangaroo representative Petero Civoniceva states, “From the minute I began my professional career as a rugby player we were told of the importance of keeping ourselves hydrated and drinking enough water. It wasn’t something I thought of until I saw the difference in my training and even my performance when I wasn’t hydrated. When I was fuelled with water my reaction times were increased, it enhanced my performance and my body and mind were able to function.”
We are now two weeks away from the Dash for Diabetes so you have plenty of time to get yourself a water bottle and hydrate your body before the 5km. Why not try the following tips to help you remember to keep hydrated throughout the day:
- Ensure you consume a glass of water every hour on the hour whilst sat at your desk
- Keep a bottle of water in the car so you remember to keep hydrated on your commute to and
- Swap your carbonated and sugary drinks for water
- Reduce your intake of caffeine which can often dehydrate you
- If water isn’t tantalising your taste buds then add fresh fruit or a slice of lemon to add some
- Drink 2-3 litres per day and more so if you are taking part in physical activity
We are fortunate to have Fiji Water as our official water sponsor for the event, so rest assured that you will have plenty of opportunities to keep hydrated on the day.
We look forward to seeing you at Buckhurst Park, Suva on Saturday 14th October for the 5km Dash for Diabetes and Family Fun Day.
Petero and the PCF team