New research by ViDrate reveals that nearly half (45%) of the population aren’t drinking the daily recommended amount of fluid, and over 6 million Brits aren’t drinking ANY sugar free fluid.
Hydration expert and cofounder of ViDrate, Nick Hird reveals his five tips to drink more water:
- Set a daily goal. Set yourself a hydration goal so you have something to work towards, as this simple act can be more motivating and make you more likely to drink more water. Having a glass of water first thing every morning is a great way to set yourself up for the day!
- Have a glass of water before every meal. Get into the habit of having a glass of water before each meal. This also prevents you from overeating as your body won’t be confusing hunger with dehydration.
- Buy a reusable water bottle. Reusable water bottles are much better for the environment compared to plastic bottles and they are a lot more portable than a glass.
You can take a reusable water bottle anywhere with you whether that’s on your commute, at work, at home, in the gym and even on holiday. Just having the water bottle with you is a visual reminder to drink more water!
- Flavour your water. Don’t like the taste of water? You’re not alone lots of people don’t… However, there are lots of ways you can improve the taste of water from adding a slice of cucumber, to freezing lemon slices in ice cubes, adding some ginger or buying a flavoured, zero sugar, hydration powder.
- Eat your water. There are plenty of fruit and vegetables which are a great source of water such as cucumber, celery, strawberries, watermelon and grapes! Switch one of your daily snacks to help increase your water intake.
According to the NHS* we should drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day. Water, lower fat milk and sugar-free drinks, including tea and coffee, all count, however research shows that many people are falling short.
Nick comments on the key benefits of drinking water:
“Around 60% of our body is made up from water and our blood is 90% water but despite this, drinking water isn’t at the top of many peoples list of priorities. There are so many benefits of drinking water and being hydrated. Not only will you sleep better, you will also be able to think clearer and it regulates your body temperature.
“Your body gives you many warning signs that you are dehydrated, besides the obvious feeling thirsty. Dark urine, feeling tired more than usual, finding it difficult to concentrate on everyday tasks, persistent bad breath, constipation and bad skin are all signs that you aren’t drinking enough water.
“Your body can also get the feeling of hunger when dehydrated. So if you’ve just eaten and are feeling hungry you might just need a glass of water.”