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Mini-Challenge #3: Better hydration

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I drink, he drinks, we drink, so drink!

It’s a well-known fact that the human body is made up of water (around 50 %, to be specific), but did you know that we can only survive for 7 days without drinking, while we can survive up to 60 days without eating?

Therefore, a better health begins with better hydration, and those of you who will complete this challenge will have a few advantages in common, including:

  • More energy (including during your workouts);
  • Better concentration;
  • A reduction of sweet or salty cravings (indeed, often we think we are hungry when we really are thirsty);
  • A reduction of headaches;
  • A better-looking skin.

So, without further delay, your challenge for the week will be to drink a minimum of 1.5 l of liquids per day for women, and 2.5 l for men.

At first glance, it can seem hard to drink such a quantity. One trick you can use is to spread it throughout the day. You could put a pitcher of Brita water in plain view on your desk to make sure that you drink out of it as the day goes by.

Breakfast: Make sure to include a hot beverage, such as 1 cup of coffee, tea, or herbal tea, as well as one cold beverage, such as 1 glass of water, milk, or juice. However, remember to limit your consumption of coffee or tea to 2 cups a day.

Lunch and supper: Think about drinking a glass of water or eating a soup with each of these meals, and add a cup of herbal tea after.

Snacks: Don’t forget to take a short break with a cold beverage around 10 AM and 3 PM.

And if water seems too plain to you, why not choose carbonated water, or even flavour your water with a few citrus wedges, frozen berries, spearmint, or a few drops of natural essential oil?

And you, what are your favourite tips to stay well hydrated?

By Alina Petre, P.Dt., Nutritionist

Alina Petre

Nutritionist and nutrition coordinator, Alina has been part of the Nautilus Plus team since 2011. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from McGill University and a diploma in sports nutrition through the International Olympic Committee, she is also a member of the Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec. Passionate about nutrition as much as about sports, she is currently completing a master’s degree in sports nutrition in Stirling, Scotland. In addition to working out regularly and taking part in various physical activities, from climbing to surf without forgetting yoga, Alina loves sharing her nutrition tips and tricks. Her objective is to make nutrition simple and accessible to everyone in order to have as much impact as possible on your daily routine!

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