Drinking Water

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Are you fed up of reading conflicting advice about how much water we should be drinking every day?

Us too!, With new reports suggesting that there's such a thing as too much water (it can apparently lead to excessive sweating, insomnia and even death), we decided it's high time to get to the bottom of it all and round up the facts straight from the NHS.

So how much should we be drinking then?

The NHS has detailed how much water we should be drinking on their website:
The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That's about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man.

Yet although government guidelines say that we should all drink eight glasses of water a day, your size, the temperature and how active you are can all make a difference (so if you're exercising a lot on a hot day, you'll need to drink more).

You get about 20% of your water every day through food so a general rule is to drink 2 litres of water a day. This is the equivalent to a large bottle of fizzy drink or three-and-a-half pints.

If you're feeling thirsty you're already dehydrated so don't wait until you need a drink, sip small amounts throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated.

Do tea, coffee and fizzy drinks count?

You can get a certain amount of water from tea, coffee and fizzy drinks but they're all what's called diuretics - in other words they make you wee a lot more as well as increase the amount of water your body uses. Water is also much healthier for you - it has no calories or sugar which can damage your teeth.

And how much is everyone else drinking?

According to a study last year, out of 30,000 people less than one per cent drank eight glasses of pure water each day - the NHS recommended daily intake.
Kantar Worldpanel conducted the study into the drinking habits of 30,000 people as health officials try to deter people from only drinking tea, coffee and sugary drinks. The study found that six in ten people drank just one glass of tap water or bottled water, two in ten drank two, whilst only one in ten said they drank three.Source: http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/180475/Why-water-is-so-good-for-you

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