A few weeks ago now, I fainted on the tube.
Yes you heard me right – How embarrassing!
I had to tap the guy in front of me, a complete stranger, and say very calmly “Excuse me, I’m really sorry but I think I’m going to faint”. The next thing I remember is the lovely man asking someone to give me their seat….and then I don’t remember anything until I was almost at the bench on a tube station platform.
Was it scary?! Not really. I mean due to there being lots of people around as it was rush hour I thought someone was bound to help. I had also previously fainted due to heat and pain, so it’s not necessarily unusual, and it was just after I’d been off work ill so I think my body just gave up with standing, the heat and my stomach pain. Silly me! And I wasn’t carrying water with me – Uh Oh!
But it got me thinking about how important water is. I know this sounds silly – but really. How many of us listen to the TFL posters and tube announcements about carrying water with us? How many of us really drink the 2 litres of water recommended a day (1.6l for us lucky women)?
I didn’t know that water actually makes up two thirds of the weight of a healthy body, and we obviously have to replenish the water lost through all our daily bodily activities, including breathing (I didn’t even think of this being a way we lost water!). If you’re more active you need to drink more too which is well known – I drink a lot more on gym and dance days so I am already doing this.
Good news for us tea drinkers too, hot drinks do actually count towards the water consumption! wahooo!
Dehydration can lead to headaches, lack of energy and feeling weak (which I regularly get in the afternoon!). Drinking enough not only makes these less likely, it also helps keep your skin healthy and helps with the function of your digestive system. SO many positives to keeping hydrated!
So I am on a mission. To drink atleast 2 litres of water a day! (This is going to be a tricky one, I’m not a fan of plain water!) I want to feel empowered, full of energy, hopefully a little less bloated and way more motivated for doing things after work!
I’ll let you all know how it goes…