Tuesday 19 July 2022

Are you drinking enough water?

Half of Brits have no idea how much water they should be drinking on a daily basis, according to research. Despite the sweltering temperatures a third admit they don’t keep themselves properly hydrated. Health professionals say that we should drink 6 to 8 cups or glasses of fluid a day. Water, lower fat milk and sugar free drinks, including tea and coffee all count but water is probably the healthiest.

Fruit flavoured water

Water is the single most important thing to consume to stay hydrated especially in the hot weather. Water is energy! It is the healthy and cheap choice for quenching your thirst at any time. It has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage teeth.

I am one of those people who don't like plain water but I have learned to love squash or water with bits of fruit in. I always had a glass besides me either next to my arm chair in the living room or on my bedside drawers. 

How you can drink more water!

Setting a daily water intake goal can help you drink more water. The act of setting a goal can be motivating and make you more likely to make positive changes that last.

Keep a water bottle in front of you at all times. Whether it is a glass on your desk, a bottle in your handbag, if you always have water near you you’re more likely to drink it

A large glass of water right after waking up is a great way to start the day. Drinking water first thing in the morning can also help you wake up quickly, relieve tiredness throughout the day, aid in digestion, and flush any toxins that might have accumulated overnight.

If you do not like the taste of plain water, try sparkling, adding some no added sugar squash or flavour water with natural fruit, frozen fruits work well if you do not like plain water. It not only tastes great it also can have added health benefits.

You can also set reminders to drink more water using an app or the alarm on your smartphone or smartwatch.

Most tap water is safe to drink but if you have concerns about the quality or safety of your tap water, consider purchasing a water filter.

Create a new habit to help you to remember to keep drinking water such as having a glass after you’ve been to the bathroom or whilst preparing a meal each day.

Eat more foods that are high in water such as lettuce, celery, watermelon, cucumber or Honeydew melon.

Being thirsty can actually make you feel hungry, so every time you find yourself reaching for the cupboard, drink a glass of water to mare you aren’t confusing hunger with dehydration.

Do you drink enough water?

1 comment :

  1. I try to drink 3 of my 30 ounce Yeti cups a day... but probably drink more like 2.5. I don't always drink plain water though as I'm not a huge fan of it. I try to make sure my first "glass" is plain ice water and gone by lunch then I allow myself a Crystal Light ice tea packet mixed in. I take the small tubes that are meant for 18 ounce water bottles and use it in a full 30 ounce yeti so it's quite diluted but it's enough to give it some flavor and keep me drinking.