Are You Drinking Enough Water?
We all know that drinking more water can have a whole host of health benefits ranging from aiding weight loss to improving the appearance of our skin (and much more besides) but how many of us are actually making the effort to increase our water intake? Considering that we all have pretty immediate access to fresh water (either from the tap at home or work or bottled), there is no excuse not to get your H2O on ladies!
How Much Water Should You Drink?
You’ve no doubt heard that eight glasses a day is the daily recommended amount, but the truth is that that recommendation appears to have originated from the Food and Nutrition Board of the United States National Research Council back in 1945, which stated: “A suitable allowance of water for adults is 2.5 litres daily in most instances … most of this quantity is in prepared foods.”
These days experts are more inclined to agree that there is no one size fits all amount that can be applied to everyone across the board. According to CSIRO dietician Pennie Taylor a good rule of thumb is 35 millilitres of fluid per kilogram of body weight, but those who work in a hot climate, exercise, are pregnant or breastfeeding women and those that consume a high protein diet are encouraged to drink more.
The Benefits of Drinking Water
- There are so many reasons to reach for your water bottle!
- Increased energy
- Decrease feelings of fatigue (mental and physical)
- Aids weight-loss
- Helps to remove toxins
- Aids digestive systems and keeps you regular
- Improves mood
- Improves skin
- Can help to relieve/prevent headaches
- Save money
Top Tip for Drinking More Water
Our top tip for staying hydrated is to always keep water on hand. We recommend buying one of the 2L+ size water bottles that you can keep in the fridge at home, at work and/ or the gym. Fill it up first thing in the morning and top up your glass with it throughout the day. To avoid that horrible bloated feeling associated with gulping down a lot of water all in one go, we recommend sipping throughout the day. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t manage to finish all of it during the day. You’ll find that as the days go by and your body adjusts to drinking more water, you’ll be able to increase the amount you drink.
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