Are you drinking enough water?

drinking_waterThis month has seen the celebration of World Water Day (22nd March 2014). This is a great opportunity to assess the benefits of water and the wonderful things this simple remedy can do for your health.

Our bodies are made up of 60% water. We need it to survive and to help our bodies function properly, and you would be surprised at the amazing effects it can have on your general health and wellbeing. Lack of drinking the stuff, can cause all sorts of nasty problems, including kidney trouble, dry skin and dehydration, which can in turn have an affect on your concentration levels and cause awful headaches – similar to those you may suffer after drinking too much alcohol.

The daily recommended amount is 2 litres. According to the UK NHS website, this can also include other healthy drinks such as milk and fruit juice, and even the water content of your afternoon tea break. But it is highly recommended that you avoid sugary drinks such as carbonated soft drinks, which would not only be better for your general health, but also helps protect you from weight gain and bad teeth.

Drinking more water can do wonderful things to your skin. Keeping yourself hydrated from the inside out can make you look healthier and may even take years off your appearance. It is always important to use a daily moisturiser to help maintain the balance of oils that your skin produces, but drinking water can give your skin that boost you need to avoid having tired eyes and blemishes. Simply put, water will detoxify your skin and body and help you feel better all round.

If you are buying bottled drinks, always check the labels for sugar content (flavoured drinks and fruit juices). Tap water is just as good, if not better than bottled water (in the UK) as it is stringently tested against bacteria, whereas some bottled water could remain in storage for a long time and is not reported to have to undertake as rigorous testing. Though there are many brands of bottled water that have added vitamins and are perfectly good for you to drink, and so researching a brand before you commit to drink 2 litres a day might just be worth doing. There has been some controversy over the quality of tap water in different parts of the country, but if you have concerns, you can also check your local water supply by visiting the website of your local water supplier.

So, are you drinking enough water? Have you had an ongoing health problem that could be related to dehydration? As the weather begins to improve, why not pledge to start drinking more water now and get into the habit of replacing one or two of those sweet cravings with a healthy glass of H2O – it will make the world of difference.

Below are a few links to help you gain a better insight into the world of water and give you a head start on learning about the best water sources for you.

http://www.southernwater.co.uk/at-home/your-water/about-your-water/drinking-water-quality/drinking-water-quality-standards.asp

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9775158/Bottled-water-not-as-safe-as-tap-variety.html

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/water-drinks.aspx

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water

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