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Why you should be making sure you're drinking enough water

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Lizzie Tasker Wellbeing, Lifestyle, Work Life Balance...

Our bodies are 60% water and advice from the NHS is that we should be drinking around 6 to 8 glasses of fluid per day, which is around 1.4 to 1.6 litres. Other sources, such as the European Food Safety Authority suggest 2 litres + is the optimum amount. Other factors such as exercise, heat and body size have an impact too. What most people can agree on though, is that water is a cheaper, healthier and easier option than reaching for a soft drink, which can often be laden with sugar and nasties. Are you getting enough? You could be missing out on these potential benefits.

1. Fewer Headaches

Dehydration can cause headaches or even migraines in some people.

2. Increased energy and less fatigue

Water fuels your muscles, and your performance during your workout could be affected if you aren’t hydrated enough. In addition, it helps prevent injuries as your joints are better lubricated.

3. It boosts your metabolism

It’s been said that drinking water before a meal can boost how quickly your body burns calories by up to 30%. Another theory is that your body can confuse feeling hungry with being hungry, so by drinking water before a meal might mean you don’t overeat.

4. It boosts productivity

Our brains are made up of mostly water, so by staying hydrated we can ensure our concentration and memory capacity is optimised.

5. Improved digestion

Water is important for the removal of toxins and waste from the body, essential for a healthy gut and regular bowel movements.

6. It boosts your immune system

In addition to flushing out toxins from the body, you’re more likely to get ill if you’re dehydrated.

7. Gives you good skin

Obviously, water adds moisture to your skin, which can improve skin conditions and can even be a wrinkle-buster!

8. Puts you in a good mood

If you’re functioning well, you’re going to be feeling good! If your body is in the best condition, you’ll likely look and feel better too.

So how can you make sure you’re getting enough each day? If it’s the taste that’s putting you off, try adding fresh fruit – such as slices of lemon, berries or even cucumber, for flavour. If you’re on the go, buy a reusable bottle to carry around with you and fill up as needed. You can even buy bottles which tell you how much water you should have drank by a certain time to stay on target, or simply set an hourly reminder on your mobile phone.