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You’ve probably heard that you should drink water, but how much is enough?
NHS Choices’ say:
“In climates such as the UK’s, we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated.”
As you may know, water has many advantages, some of them being that it quenches your thirst, hydrates you, benefits your skin, and increases focus.
However, the importance of water can often be forgotten nowadays, especially during busy periods at work.
– We were eager to change this.
For two days this week, four members of our team here at New Leaf Health, including myself, created a hydration challenge to see if we could drink the recommended amount of 1.2 litres per day.
The different tactics we used to encourage us to drink more included:
A hydration counting lid,
A 1litre water bottle,
and just a general thrive to achieve the target.
“The challenge helped me to keep a track of how much I was drinking and the bottle I use with the ‘click per fill’ function is really helpful as I know if I drink four full bottles throughout the day I have hit my target!“
Water is the most valuable life support product for our health, right up there with oxygen, so it is essential to keep fit and healthy.
There are so many ways to enforce drinking regularly.
“I finally found a way of meeting the target by always making sure there was water available. So for instance, I made sure I refilled the glass straight away after it was empty. I also made sure the glass was in the same room as me. Lastly I drank water as soon as I got up, at meal times and before bed. It was a case of routine.”
Three out of four managed to hit the target with little to no problem as they were encouraged by their apparatus.
What about the fourth?
Well, that was me.
I was left to my own devices when it came to drinking as I was given the task to just drink as I usually would.
I ended up drinking a grand total of 5 glasses by the end of the first day – Coca-Cola being the majority of the contents!
It wasn’t until I tallied all my drinks up at the end of the night that I realised just how much water I was lacking!
This gave me the push I needed to kick-start a healthier lifestyle and I can now say I am drinking more water on a regular basis and feel a lot better for it!
“I never really had a taste for water, it just never really interested me.
Turns out, something as simple as adding ice or a lime to the water has changed the drink completely for me. I feel healthier and happier, with more energy to help me with my workload.”
Always remember, chronic dehydration could cause decreased kidney function, dizziness, and contribute to diseases, such as diabetes and, in the most severe cases, death. The important lesson to be learnt here is that hydration must always be at the front of everyone’s mind for optimum health.
How many glasses of water do you get through a day?