Benefits of Drinking Water

Experts recommend you drink between six and eight cups of water per day to appreciate the benefits of drinking water.

That’s the equivalent of between 1.2 and 1.5 litres. Looking at your drinking habits during a normal day; do you drink enough water?

The short answer for many of us is, no. So why should we change our ways, take more water on board during the day and enjoy the benefits of drinking water?

 

The benefits of drinking water

Weight management

Water has been proven as a useful tool when you’re looking to manage your weight. The brain fails to differentiate between hunger and thirst meaning some moments where you reach for the snack food, you could in fact substitute that for water to reduce calorie intake and satisfy the body’s need.

Reduces headaches

Headaches are often caused by dehydration. By drinking more water, you top up your levels and it reduces the threat of a headache throughout the day which, for some, can develop into migraines that can prove intrusive on your day-to-day functionality.

It helps when exercising

Exercise is an important part of our weekly schedule and you should be looking to exercise regularly as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. To enhance your ability to take part in exercise, proper hydration is essential to make up for the lost fluids as a result of sweating.

 

How can I stay hydrated?

Food intake

Twenty percent of our fluid intake comes from the food we eat. Eating soup and high-water content fruit, such as melon, can boost fluid intake.

Set challenges

Certain drinking containers have indicators on the bottle as to how much you should be drinking, and by what times of the day. By sticking to this suggested schedule you know you are taking on enough fluids to keep you hydrated and feeling fresh.

Mix your drinks!

Often discouraged when it comes to alcohol intake, for hydration purposes it may not be such a bad idea. Water can become boring, in terms of taste, so adding low-sugar cordial can make it a more attractive proposition. Alternatively, tea and coffee count towards your water intake, but these should be consumed in moderation to avoid excessive caffeine drinking (find out how to maximise your caffeine intake by clicking here).