Do You Drink 8 Glasses Of Water A Day?
Why Drink Water?
The government guidelines recommend that everyone drinks at least 8 glasses of water per day. It has been proven to improve your general health, wellbeing and performance. The Italians drink 5 times more water than the average Briton. Maybe this contributes to 2 years longer life expectancy?
- Avoid dehydration to improve physical and mental performance
- Reduces appetite – ideal for being part of a weigh control/loss programme
- Water is calorie free
- Removes toxins and waste and helps your kidneys to function efficiently
- Drinking water hydrates your skin and can limit the effects of ageing
- Water will not make you feel bloated. Water retention may be due to other conditions such as poor circulation and hormonal changes
- Dehydration can cause headaches, indigestion and feeling faint
Ten tips to help you drink enough water
It is important to drink enough water to stay hydrated. Follow these 10 steps to help you along the way
- Don’t wait until you are thirsty – it is to late. Drink regularly
- More activity needs more water
- Swap tea and coffee for water
- Sip water throughout the day
- Common colds often lead to dehydration so drink more if you feel unwell
- When exercising, drink small sips all the way through your workout
- Be careful not to underestimate fluid loss during exercise
- Cool water is absorbed more quickly than other drinks and may help to regulate your temperature
- When travelling, especially on flights, drink water and avoid water or caffeine
- Try starting and ending your day by drinking a glass of water