Why is hydration important?

Our bodies depend on water for day to day survival. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. Your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.

How much water should you be consuming each day?

The eatwell guide suggests that you should consume between 6-8 glasses of water each day which is roughly 1-1.5 litres of water each day. We like to say 2-3L per day. A few factors can impact your amount of fluid intake e.g. Age, weight and activity level. The more you exercise the more fluids your body will need. You should aim to drink 300ml water for every 30 mins of exercise. 

If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is usually colourless or light yellow, you are well hydrated. If your urine is a dark yellow or amber colour, you may be dehydrated.

If you’re also struggling to drink enough water each day, here are some tips that can help:

1. Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. 

2. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding fruit to add a little taste e.g. slice of lemon or lime to your drink.

3. Drink water before, during, and after a workout.

4. If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed.