How much water should I be drinking?

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Water; we all know it’s good for us and we all should be driving more of it, but how much water should we be drinking and how do we get there?!

Fast Facts

How much water should I be drinking?

We should be striving to down between 2 and 2.5 litres per day, depending on your gender.

However, most people are only managing just over 1.2L – something we can all work on!

Glass of water on a white table in a white room with a green leaf

Why? Water is good for your body, skin, and… breath!

Not only does drinking water act as a tool to combat dehydration, but it also plays a vital part in the upkeep and improvement of many of our body parts and organs.

It is so important, that even a 2% decrease in our water levels has some really drastic consequences.

Dehydration sets in at this point and can result in side effects like fatigue, dizziness, lack of concentration, and decreased cognitive functions just to name a few.

And if the internal effects aren’t enough to scare you, not drinking enough water leads to dry skin and bad breath – who knew that the key to staying smooth and minty fresh was as easy as an extra glass of water with every meal!

Water is integral for our mental health functions as well

Dehydration can impede upon our bodies’ ability to produce serotonin, which is a critical neurotransmitter that majorly affects how we process emotions and contributes to our moods.

Water hacks to #DrinkUp

Although 2L of water a day doesn’t sound like much, for some people it can be really hard to fit that in claiming that they don’t like the taste of water, or it’s too boring.

However, there are some great hacks to make drinking water more fun.

Adding fruits to your water bottle is one of the easiest ways to trick your body into enjoying drinking water as well as adding more fresh food into your diet.

Great options include citrus fruits, like oranges or lemons, which also aids digestion.

If you have more of a sweet tooth, berries are another great option.

Glass jug filled with water and lemon slices with a cork lid

Another great way to stay accountable to your water consumption is by tracking how much water you want to drink by certain times of the day.

There are heaps of great options for water bottles on the market like this, or the same thing can be achieved on an existing bottle with a permanent marker.

This is a great tactic if you have a competitive nature as it makes you stay on target.

References
Sissons, C. (2020, May 27). What is the average percentage of water in the human body? Retrieved from Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/what-percentage-of-the-human-body-is-water
Solara Mental Health. (2019, March 26). Water, Depression, and Anxiety. Retrieved from Solara Mental Health: https://solaramentalhealth.com/can-drinking-enough-water-help-my-depression-and-anxiety/
Tamlin, S. (2017, January 04). Human Hydration: Are we drinking enough? Retrieved from Water Logic Australia: https://www.waterlogicaustralia.com.au/resources/are-we-drinking-enough-water/#:~:text=Dehydration%20in%20Adults,ml%20per%20day%20on%20average.
Williams, M. (2014, December 02). What percent of Earth is water? Retrieved from Phys Org: https://phys.org/news/2014-12-percent-earth.html

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