With BeeBio skincare you know that your skin will always be nicely hydrated, thanks to Manuka honey’s properties as a natural humectant (meaning that it can absorb and hold water). With an increased barrier function, there will also be less transdermal water loss, so your skin will be plumper and more moisturised.
An optimal skincare regime is not always enough to keep your skin and body in good health, so monitoring your oral water intake is vital. With all that advice out there though, and much of it conflicting, how much water should we be drinking a day? Can we drink it all at once, or does it need to be sipped slowly throughout the day? On World Water Day, our team of experts at BeeBio have found a few answers.
How much water should you drink every day?
The amount of water every individual needs depends on their size, weight, and activity levels. However, as a guide, women should drink around 8 200ml glasses a day, and men about 10 200ml glasses. Drinking little and often is better than drinking your daily intake all at one time, as your body uses water gradually throughout the whole day.
How much water do we get from tea, coffee & fizzy drinks?
Although you will get some water from these drinks, their diuretic properties will make you urinate a lot more and increase the amount of water that your body needs and uses. Plus, the amount of sugar in these kind of drinks causes damage to (among other organs) your teeth. By sticking to water as the main way to quench your thirst, you are choosing the healthier option by a mile!
Does water help with weight loss?
Absolutely! Water will naturally reduce your appetite. Often people mix up feeling hungry with being thirsty. Try drinking 300-500ml of water prior to having a meal. This not only will slow your appetite down, it will also increase your metabolism, which will work wonders on your body.
Does water improve our appearance?
Water gives us sparkly eyes, plumps out fine lines, clears our skin of acne, and gives us a beautiful glow. Water will flush out toxins, and the increased enzyme activity from water consumption will promote repair of your skin. Water will also help fight infections - did you know that when you are dehydrated you are more likely to catch a bug?
Water will keep you regular!
If you suffer from constipation or piles, you might have been told to increase the amount of fibre you eat. If you don’t pair this with a correct water intake though, you might make the problem worse! Make sure your diet is rich in fibre and water at the same time.
Water supports heart health!
The hardest-working muscle of our body really needs a lot of water to keep it going at full speed. When you get dehydrated your blood gets thicker, so the heart must work even harder. And if your heart is tired and weakened, you can incur into more serious heart problems later in life.
Some ideas to get more water into your body
If you struggle to drink the recommended amount of water every day, here are some tips that will help you:
- Eat water-rich foods: It’s amazing how much water you can actually get from fruit and veg! Make sure you eat your 5 Plus a day.
- Seat an alarm: Set your alarm hourly while at work to remind you to have a glass of water.
- Have it cold or warm, and add some flavour: Try having water at different temperatures, and add a squeeze of lemon, lime, mint, honey or cucumber to add natural flavour. There are so many options to turn ordinary water into a refreshing treat.
- Carry water with you: Being prepared is often the answer. Carry a refillable bottle with you - it’s good for the planet, and good for your health. Chances are if you have water with you, you will drink it!
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and last thing at night: If you make this a habit, you will be making a difference to your hydration and overall health.