Sue Watkins Nutritional Therapist & Wellness Coach, based in Hertfordshire

Nutritional Therapy

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Importance of hydration
When was the last time you satisfied your body's "call for water" otherwise known as having a thirst?  Our bodies are madeup  of 25% solid matter and 75% water, in fact our brain is up to 85% water content.1

How is water used in the body?
  • When we are hydrated our enzymes work more efficiently making our cell's messengers communicate more effectively with one another
  • It regulates our body's functions both inside and outside of cells
  • Transports nutrients to where they are needed for energy and function
  • Cushions organs to avoid damage
  • Over time our ability to respond to thirst diminishes adding to the ageing process
 Drinking adequate levels of water produces motilin in the intestinal tract, motilin produces the necessary rhythmic contractions of the gut to move waste through the system ready for evacuation.  Motilin also acts as a transmitter of satiety or fullness when water extends the stomach.  Lack of water consumption fails to send the correct signals and can disturb the digestive process resulting in discomfort and other related symptoms.

How much water should I drink per day?
  • Aim for 6-8 glasses (8oz size) of water or 2 litres per day
  • Conversion value - 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight per day
  • Coffee, tea, alcohol or caffeinated drinks are not included in the above values.
Often the signal for thirst is confused with a feeling of hunger.  Next time you reach for a snack, consider taking a drink of water instead, that might just answer your body's "call for water".