This can be a confusing one with mixed information given over the years, so let's get into it.
How much water should I drink?
The simple answer is 1.7 to 2.2 litres a day.
The reason for most of the confusion comes from a study conducted in 1945 which stated we should drink 2.5 litres of water a day. The detail isn't given in this statement alone is that this also includes water which we obtain from foods. So when it comes to how much you should actually drink in reality this is about 1.5 to 2 litres a day. This will depend on your gender (with men often requiring more), your size (the bigger you are the more you will need), how much exercise you do (the more exercise you do the more you will need), and if you are ill. If you are ill lots of fluids is often advised. Also, drinking this amount of water is based on the idea that you are eating a healthy amount of fruit and vegetables a day so if you aren't eating many of these then you will also need to drink more water. Finally, if you're pregnant you'll also require more water.
What happens to my body when I'm dehydrated?
Several symptoms of dehydration include:
- lack of ability to concentrate
- problems with memory
- lack motivation
- dry mouth and lips
- dry skin
How can I make sure I drink the right amount of water each day?
It can be tricky to make sure we are drinking a healthy amount of water but an easy way we have found to do this is by taking on our Flowering Tea and Teapot challenge. Our teapots can hold 1.2 litres of water. Therefore if you sit down with a pot of Flowering Tea and drink the pot, and re-steep this again about half way, you know you have consumed your water content for the day. This also combines the fun of watching the Flowering Tea blossom, and the health benefits it brings. If you struggle to drink enough water each day, this could be a fun and healthy way for you to do this without consuming fizzy drinks or coffee.