Have you ever tracked how much water you drink in a day? Sometimes when you are busy, in meetings, out and about or travelling, it is easy to forget to drink and you can quickly get dehydrated.
Recommendations suggest we try to drink 1L for every 1,000kcal of food we eat, so around 2 – 3 litres per day for the average adult. According to a report published by SodaStream in July this year though, the average British adult is drinking only 895ml per day.
Why do we need water?
Water helps the body function – it helps us regulate temperature, is good for skin and digestion and protects our nervous system and joints amongst many other things.
Does it help you lose weight?
It doesn’t help you lose weight ‘per say’ but it can help to satiate hunger. Often hunger is mistaken for thirst too. It also means your body can do the best job it can of breaking down and utilising the foods you are giving it.
Do coffee, tea and other drinks count?
Plain tea, fruit tea and coffee (not espresso or those with added sugar) can count as well.
How do I know if I have had enough?
Without getting too graphic, checking the colour of your wee is the best way to do this with darker urine being a key indicator you are dehydrated and you need to take action. According to the SodaStream report;
Almost thee quarters (73%) of Brits believe that headaches are the clearest indicator that the body requires more water and almost half increase their water intake as a result. In reality though, by the time headaches develop, you are already significantly dehydrated. It’s better to take action sooner by keeping an eye on urine colour.
5 tips to help increase your intake
1) Keep a glass of it next to your bed
If it’s there and you wake up slightly thirsty, you will drink it. Realistically we are unlikely to get out of bed if we are tired..
2) Have a pint of lemon water as soon as you wake up
Normally we are dehydrated when we first wake up plus it will help flush out your digestive system and kick start you for the day.
3) Add fruit to your water to add flavour
Orange, lemon, blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, cucumber – anything goes! or make a sparkling version.
4) Keep it with you all day
Fill a large bottle on your desk or carry a bottle in your bag at all times. when we are busy, it is easy to forget – this will act as a reminder. Setting goals can also help, i.e. drinking 1.5L whilst in the office before 5pm each day.
5) Make it you ‘go-to’ when out
Make sure it is the first drink you order when out and have a jug or bottle on your table so you don’t have to rely on the waiter filling up your glass or need to keep asking for more.
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