Hereâs why drinking eight glasses of water a day is a must!
8 December 2015
We all know that drinking water is good for our health – but what benefits does it offer us over other drinks, other than being sugar-free and calorie-free? Let’s find out.
Drink at least eight glasses a day…
We’re told to drink at least eight glasses a day but according to research, even this may not be enough to keep us fully hydrated. The average man should drink around three litres of water each day – more if he’s undertaking physical activity or the temperature has increased suddenly.
Why is water so important?
It’s vital to replenish the amount of water your body has in order for your organs to function properly. It also helps with metabolic health, keeps hunger pangs at bay and achieves healthy energy levels – so if you’re feeling tired during a workout or halfway through the working day, reach for the water over caffeinated drinks.
Who is more prone to dehydration?
Athletes are most at risk of dehydration as it’s possible to lose up to 10 per cent of water weight through sweating during a workout. Losing just two per cent of water weight can negatively impact on an athlete’s performance.
What else is water good for?
Drinking water also benefits your productivity and memory, as it protects the brain, blood and spinal cord. It can also give you a boost of energy during a particularly long work day.
Got Acne? Reach for the water
The skin is your body’s largest organ – and drinking enough water throughout the day ensures your skin stays in tip top condition. If you’re prone to Acne breakouts, consider increasing your daily intake of water as this will help keep your skin clear and reduce inflammation.
Can I get water from food too?
Although the best way to stay hydrated is by drinking water, there are foods which are naturally high in water – add more of these to your diet for additional anti-inflammatory, skin and digestive benefits: cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries, and watermelon.
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