We all know that it is important to drink water throughout the day.
But how much is enough?
How can we possibly drink the amount required?
And how do we drink all this water and then avoid standing up to go to the toilet, which will undo the Dynamic Therapy?
We lose 2 litres of water every day through bodily functions, such as going to the toilet, breathing and sweating.
Add this onto possibly working in a hot environment or perhaps your sweat glands are more active than others.
So just to replenish what we lose, we need to drink at least 2 litres every single day.
The old rule of thumb of drinking 8 glasses a day actually is true.
8 standard glasses equals roughly 2 litres.
So how can you drink this without having to chug a 2L water bottle?
The biggest tip is to make a habit out of drinking water throughout the whole day.
If you drink smaller amounts regularly, your body can easily absorb the water and put it straight to work.
This is much better than drinking large amounts and only absorbing a little and sending the rest to your bladder.
Here is a suggested timetable of when you should drink water:
Glass 1- first thing you do on waking up
Glass 2- at breakfast
Glass 3- arrival at work
Glass 4- halfway between starting work and lunchtime
By now you will have consumed approx. 1 litre of water- you’re already halfway there!
Glass 5- before your meal at lunch
Glass 6- after your meal at lunch
This helps you to digest your food more effectively- you’re up to 6 glasses now!
Glass 7- afternoon tea time
Glass 8- when you finish work
You have now had your required daily water and all before you get home from work.
If you have had an issue and needing to get up to go to the toilet after you have strapped using the Dynamic Therapy at night, you should aim to drink all 8 glasses before 2pm and limit any other liquid after this.
Another method you can use to see you are getting enough water is to have a 2 L bottle of water and pour it into the glasses you are drinking.
This way when the bottle is empty you know you have reached your minimum daily amount.
‘Wait a second, did you say minimum?’
That’s right, 2 litres a day is what your body is using just to perform basic bodily functions. If you drink or eat any diuretic substances such as coffee, tea or alcohol, these make you excrete the water in your body before it has had the chance to be absorbed, so you need to drink even more to make up for it.
A good rule of thumb is add one glass of water to every glass of the diuretic you have had.
Another thing to consider is the temperature. When the weather is warmer, you need to drink even more because you will be hotter and therefore you could sweat even more, again using up more of that valuable water you need.
So the moral of the story is to aim to drink your minimum amount as early as possible in the day, so you have time to continue to drink to make up for the extra needed. This gives your body the time it needs to absorb the water and this will reduce the need to get up at night to go to the toilet- hence allowing the Dynamic Therapy to work to it’s full potential.
If you have any questions about this article, please don’t hesitate in contacting one of our practitioners.