How many glasses of water did you drink today? If it’s less than 16 (for a man) or 11 (for a woman), you haven’t had enough! Your body is a fabulous machine, but it requires around three liters or more of H2O each day to keep it cool, lubricated and functioning as it should.
Pretty much every part of your body benefits from a decent water supply. Your eyes, nose, and mouth should be kept moist, which means your body needs to have fluid to spare. Your joints are protected by cartilage, which is 80% water and requires ongoing rehydration. But shockingly, even as temperatures have soared, most of us have the attitude: “I’ll only drink when I’m thirsty.”
You can easily remedy your low water intake with a bit of self-discipline and a few good habits. One helpful routine is to link drinking a pint of water to other things you do regularly. For example, make it the first thing you do when you get out of bed, on your tea break, or after walking the dog.
You can make the habit more appealing by sprucing up your water. Try infusing it with fruit or cucumber to trick your brain into thinking it’s a treat. You can supplement those pint glasses by adding water-rich food such as watermelon or tomatoes to your diet, too.
Our new infographic gives you the lowdown on all the benefits of drinking more water – with the scientific research to back it up. And we’ve shared the best ideas on how to increase your water intake. You’ll feel much more motivated when you realize all that agua helps your brain function more efficiently!
If you feel tired all the time, or you’re sleeping well but still have dark rings under your eyes, it could be an extra warning that you’re not drinking enough water. You can turn that around today if you act on the knowledge that more water is good for you.