We all know how important it is to drink water to stay hydrated but are we actually drinking enough? Most people don’t drink enough water! A survey carried out by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) found that 89% of its study participants were not drinking enough water to keep their hydration at healthy levels (drinking less than two litres per day). The YouGov survey on 2000 British participants found out that 17% did not drink any water during the day (soft drinks, coffee, etc. do not count), only 8% drank the recommended 1.5 litres per day and 6% drank two litres per day. The benefits of drinking plenty of water are already well known but read on for a brief refresher.
Why you should drink more water
Your brain is highly influenced by how well hydrated you are, itself being made of 73% water. Even mild dehydration can have an impact on mood, energy levels, and decrease brain performance and memory.
Older people are vulnerable to dehydration, and this could be related to a reduced sensation of thirst, especially in those suffering from Alzheimer’s or those that have suffered a stroke. In older people, therefore, thirst might not be a reliable indicator of dehydration. Dehydration doesn’t only affect older people or people suffering from disease, it can affect anyone. A busy work life might lead us to forget to drink during the day.
Here’s a solution
If you are among the majority of people who just find it a challenge to get your daily water intake, you might benefit from strategies to remind you to drink regularly. There are apps that can send you reminders but that may not always be convenient to use, especially at work.
There are other solutions however, like the Thirst Smart Bottle that can help you reach your daily water consumption goals. The Thirst bottle has a blue light reminder that will flash at regular intervals reminding you that it’s time to hydrate. It is discreet and perfect for use at the office, at home at the gym, or on vacation.