Staying hydrated is essential for everyone, and even more important when sweating buckets in a hot room for ninety minutes.
Water is the most important nutrient for your body. Water makes up around 60 percent of your body weight and all of the systems in the body rely upon it. Water helps to regulate the body temperature via sweating. It also helps to lubricate joints and transport nutrients and waste throughout the body.
Every day you lose two to two and a half cups of water just by going about your daily tasks. The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That’s about eight 200ml glasses for a woman and 10 a man. This amount varies with age, weight and exercise carried out so this should only be thought of as a rough guideline.
When practicing Bikram Yoga you should drink an extra 1- 2 litres of water per class on top of your normal fluid consumption. Remember it is best not to drink all of this water just before the class and it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Again it is about finding out what works for you and the best way to monitor your hydration levels is by checking the colour of your pee. Your pee should generally be transparent, a pale straw like colour or transparent yellow. If it becomes dark yellow or amber, it means that you are dehydrated and need to take more fluids.
The type of fluid that you drink has a major effect on your body’s functionality. Drinks like coffee and coca-cola contain caffeine which is a diuretic and makes you urinate more. This means that these drinks actually increase the amount of fluid you need to stay hydrated. Fizzy drinks contain a high level of sugar and calories so are best kept to a minimum.
The best way to get your fluids is through filtered or mineral water and vegetable or fruit juices. Green juices are especially good sources of hydration. Adding Lemon juice to your water is another great tip. Although lemon is acidic, it becomes alkaline when metabolised inside the body, helping to balance the body’s PH level. Lemon is also rich in vitamin C so provides a boost to the immune system, promoting healing as well as helping to keep the skin clear and keep wrinkles at bay. The antiseptic quality of lemon helps to keep the breath fresh and on top of that, lemon aids digestion and detoxification, by stimulating the release of gastric juices. Many weight loss sources also report the benefits of lemon water in helping to reduce body fat.
Is there anything that lemons don’t do? I hear you wondering, and this list is far from exhaustive. In fact, we are so blown away by the benefits of adding lemon to water that we’re going to have a giant jar of lemon slices at the juice bar every weekend and we will be giving them out for everyone to put into their water bottles.