Are you drinking enough water each day to keep your body at top performance?
Many people may think they are staying hydrated but the reality is that they’re probably not!
The body is around 60% water. Plus we’re consistently losing fluid via sweat and urine so keeping fluids constantly flowing is critical.
So… how much water should you drink per day?
The European Food Safety Authority and the NHS recommends that women should drink 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. These are guidelines which change depending on your size, the temperature and how active you are. For instance, if you are exercising on a hot day, you will need to drink more.
There are many benefits of drinking water and studies have shown how staying hydrated affects the function of the brain, body and performance.
Drinking more water also prevents health problems such as constipation, cancer, kidney stones, acne and dry skin.
Other fluids count towards to your water intake too…
Water alone is not the only fluid that counts towards your fluid balance, other drinks and food have a significant impact.
Many people think caffeinated drinks such as tea or coffee don’t count and actually makes you more dehydrated. However, studies have shown that this is untrue as the diuretic effect of these beverages is very weak.
A huge range of foods contain water especially meat, eggs, fish and in particular water-rich fruits and vegetables.
All of this doesn’t mean that you can skip drinking water, you need to make sure you are as hydrated as you can be!
For some, drinking more water is easy whilst others find it extremely difficult to find the motivation to stay on top of their hydration, there are many tips and tricks to drinking more water without trying too hard.
Listen to your body, you get thirsty for a reason!
Make drinking water the top of your priority as it is vital to your body’s overall health & wellbeing!!