According to a study by the RNLI a staggering 89% of the UK adult population is dehydrated.
This is almost unbelievable but what's even more terrifying is that 13% of women and 20% of men said they drink no water at all during the day.
Water is so so important for functioning of our bodies. It helps with blood pressure regulation, circulation, toxin removal, cell function... Too many things to list! Even 1% dehydration can lead to our brains working less well and physical impairment. This is definitely not a way to feeling good…
We NEED water to make everything work, it's like oil in our cars - it keeps everything running smoothly! But our bodies are like sinks without a plug and water is constantly disappearing...
Facts you might not know: *in general you need 1ml of water for every kcal you burn - want to know how to work this out? I can help! *Optimal gylcogen stores in our muscles help us stay properly hydrated - this is why when we cut out carbs we "lose" weight - we don't, we're losing water... *ALL non-alcoholic drinks contribute to your fluid intake although some are less beneficial all round than others *very active people can need up to 10 litres of water a day (suddenly a couple of litres doesn't seem so scary hey?!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What’s more, if you're trying to lose weight or feel better, it's virtually impossible without drinking enough water. Thirst can falsely signal as hunger leading us to eat more. Breaking down body fat is a metabolic process which requires water... Go figure how it's going to work properly if there isn't enough water available in your body... In fact even drinking 500ml of water has been scientifically shown to boost our metabolic rate by 30%.
And who doesn't want clearer skin, brighter eyes and more energy? The quickest way to that? More water!
As a guide minimum 2litres plain water per day for women and 2.5 for men. More if you exercise. I go through a simple calculation with each of my clients to help them understand how much they need to drink to be fully hydrated.
It's such a simple step to take to improve your health and unless you are like the Ancient Mariner (or us in this picture!) and surrounded by water you cannot drink there is no reason not to start now!
If you don't like the taste TOUGH! Sort of joking but not really... Find a way to make it taste better. Herbal tea, lemon juice, crushed berries, cucumber, mint... Just don't add lots of sugary stuff to it…
Two more tips –
Drink 500ml first thing in the morning and before every meal. Whoop you're at 2 litres (most of us need more than this but it's a start!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you usually drink out of a glass, try a bottle, and vice versa! A little change in your habit can make you more aware and therefore drink water more frequently.
How much do you drink? And what are your top tips for getting it in if you're one of the 11% of properly hydrated UK adults.