It’s a common question from those looking to improve their health as it’s one of the simplest things you can do for your body.
Your body is around 60% water give or take and this needs topping up as the body naturally loses water throughout the day. With the hot weather recently, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you’re getting enough water.
The recommended amount
Eight glasses a day is the recommended amount but there is some confusion about how much that is. “How big are the glasses?” is the common question that follows. The recommendation usually means eight ounce glasses eight times a day – 8×8 is an easy way to remember.
For others it may be easier to remember and measure it as two litres, particularly if you don’t have an eight ounce glass to hand or use water bottles instead.
While the 8×8 is a good rule to follow, when it comes to your individual health there’s no one size fits all model. The amount of water you need can be dependent on plenty of factors such as weight, age, physical activity levels, climate and more.
Someone who lives in a hot country who exercises several times a week will probably need a lot more water than someone on the opposite end of the scale. If you’re on the opposite end of the scale does that mean you don’t need much? No, lots of water is good for anyone and you probably need more than you think.
You can take a look at this hydration calculator which can give you a more tailored recommendation based on your body, activity levels and weather.
What to drink
You may think that by guzzling cups of tea and coffee all day you’re well hydrated and don’t have to worry. The problem with tea and coffee (which are better than nothing) is that caffeine can be quite dehydrating so it won’t quite be hitting the spot like water will.
Water is and probably always will be the best thing you can drink. It’s cheap, accessible and good for your health. For those who want to mix it up a bit, try herbal teas or fruit infused water to ensure you’re getting enough water in a way that isn’t a chore. Take a look at our post on the best and worst drinks for hydration.
Benefits of drinking more water
Besides the obvious of staying hydrated, what are the other benefits to drinking more water?
It’s good for your skin
Hydrating yourself can do wonders for the condition of your skin, helping you to look healthier and refreshed, even younger long term. Signs of aging are often linked to skin naturally dehydrating over time so regular hydration can help.
More energy and focus
Drinking more water can help you remain focused and also give you an energy boost. This study from the Natural Hydration Council showed that lack of water can contribute to fatigue in one in ten GP consultations. So don’t just rely on the coffee, plenty of water throughout the day will help to keep you alert too.
It can help with weight loss
While it’s not a miracle, water can help you to consume fewer calories. If you have a glass of water half an hour before eating, you will feel fuller and therefore consume less.
Many people don’t realise that thirst can be mistaken for hunger. So the next time you wonder why you’re hungry right after eating, try having some water and wait to see if you feel better.
Bee Blissful bottles as part of your hydration routine
One of the best investments you can make for your health is to buy a quality water bottle that you can use on the go and will last you a long time.
Plastic bottles are not recommended for regular use as the material can degrade. So we created a range of glass water bottles which are better for your health and also cut down on plastic pollution.
Bee Blissful bottles are a handy 500ml which means that you should aim to drink about four refills a day if you want to hit the two litres a day target.
We stock our bottles in a number of different colours for you to choose from. They’re all made from strengthened ti-borosilicate glass and are environmentally friendly, reusable, durable and easy to clean.