How can you cope with stress by drinking well? As you are probably well aware, there’s plenty of conflicting advice about how much to drink. At work, I see people valiantly making their way through what seems like three vases of water every day and spending the rest of the time running to and from the bathroom!
Whilst you definitely need to keep your body hydrated, you can take in a lot of water by eating a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, so do take your vegetable intake into account when calculating how much water you are drinking.
If you’re eating a diet that is more clogging than cleansing (eg. junk food, refined carbs, etc.), try to get into the habit of sipping water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. A good way of building more water into your diet is by writing down reminders to drink, or using an app such as ‘Drink Water Reminder’, or there are several other s to choose from depending on whether you have an Andriod or iphone app.
As with food, not all water is equal and you should strive to upgrade the quality of the water you drink, to build your resilience. You can find a good summary of the different types of water on The Raw Energy Blog but as a rule of thumb, pure spring water is at the top of the tree, whilst well water, i.e. ‘common tap’, is the lowest quality [just above ‘puddle’ <- joke].
What About Tea?
Tea usually contains caffeine so can dehydrate, rather than hydrate the body. However, there’s evidence to suggest that drinking black tea lowers the levels of cortisol after a stressful task compared to a control group (University College, London Study). The same research also showed that a substance in green tea leaves, L-Theanine, may shift brain activity from the beta waves that accompany anxiety to the alpha waves associated with relaxation.
This article about how to cope well with stress by drinking well, is an extract from my new book now available on an easy download from Amazon.
‘Success without Stress: How to Prevent Burnout and Build Resilience for Optimal Health & Performance’