How much should we drink?
Health organisations and government guidelines advise that we should be drinking water more, an average of 2 litres of water a day or roughly 8 glasses a day. We hear this all the time, but really, why should we be more mindful of this very simple thing? Is it worth the effort of remembering to drink 2 litres a day? Yes, it is, because it will make you happier and healthier…and the benefits hit very quickly!
So here are 7 reasons drinking water will make you happier and healthier:
1. Water makes us less wrinkly.
Oh my gosh, how simple is that? Keep the water going in and our skin is visibly healthier and clearer. Being hydrated means your body can clear the toxins that contribute to dull and spot prone skin. Dehydrated skin offers up more wrinkles, so it seems silly to have more than we need, right?
2. Water helps us lose weight.
It is a known fact that often when we think we are hungry we are actually thirsty and a quick glass of water could satisfy that feeling. Think of the calories you could save there. Water is calorie and sugar free and a hydrated body is able to break down fat cells more efficiently.
3. Water gives us more energy.
When you’re hydrated you naturally have more energy. Your muscles and organs work much better when hydrated…so your body can work like a well-oiled machine. Not drinking enough water and being dehydrated can leave you feeling lack-lustre and everything takes more effort.
4. Water can eliminate most headaches.
Headaches are a big sign of your body being de-hydrated. Stress related headache are often caused by your body being tense and tired… which are also symptoms of dehydration. Drink water and stay hydrated and you’ll see the frequency of headaches drop.
5. Water keeps our brains alert.
Our brains are mainly made of water, so it makes complete sense that like our other organs, a hydrated brain works better. This means you are more alert and are able to concentrate more.
6. Water makes you exercise more efficiently.
Absolutely, we know that we should replace the water we sweat out during exercise but being hydrated before you start and drinking water during exercising will make exercising easier as our body is able to perform more efficiently. Being hydrated also reduces muscle cramps too.
7. Water ensures a healthy digestive system.
Yes, yes, I am talking poo here! In addition to flushing out the toxins, helping to keep infections at bay and being able to break down fat cells more easily, water also helps flush us out! An unpleasant symptom of dehydration can be constipation. Drinking water regularly and keeping hydrated will help eliminate this.
How do you remember to drink 2 litres of water a day?
So that’s all well and good but I hear you shouting, ‘but how do you remember to drink 2 litres of water a day’. It’s all about a little bit of planning, setting a few triggers and creating a new good habit. The benefits are felt within a matter of days, which really boosts your motivation to carry on.
Here are a few top tips to help you drink more water:
1. Get one in early doors.
Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. I tend to take one up to bed so that as soon as I awake it is there for me to drink. Really helps me feel I’ve ticked one off before I am even out of bed!
2. Get creative.
Replace a couple of cups of tea or coffee during the day with a glass of hot water. Add a slice of lemon or lime if you want to jazz it up a little.
3. Set a reminder on your phone.
I love my google calendar app on my phone. You can add little reminders on there. You can have them on repeat as a gentle reminder to drink some water.
4. Keep it with you.
Have a bottle of water with you. You can just sip away throughout the day, maybe when at the traffic lights in the car, or at your desk. Just have a sip every time you notice it.
Enjoy…and go get yourself a glass of water!