Are You Hydrating?
I recently noticed an interesting tweet from Brecon Carreg, who asked “How much water are you drinking”?
I clicked onto the link to learn more, and was quite shocked to read that some experts calculate that a large percentage of people think it’s good enough to just rely solely upon tea, coffee and soft drinks to achieve your daily intake of water, and also that additional data shows that poor drinking habits contribute to adding a further strain onto the NHS in various forms, not least in poor liver and kidney function, and circulatory issues, to highlight a few.
The article went on to state that tiredness was a major concern and, (from a survey of some 300 GP’s countrywide), they recognised that symptoms were accelerated by dehydration.
I must admit that when I’m feeling a bit tired, or need an energy boost, I’m the worst offender for putting the kettle on and making a coffee, (in fact, I’m sipping a cup as I type this). I’d never have thought to drink a refreshing glass of chilled water instead. I really have started to think about how much water I drink, and is it really enough?
It’s quite ironic, because one of the main problems when teaching to Duke of Edinburgh candidates, is trying to get the young people to understand the importance of drinking enough water. It’s an uphill struggle, as they all want energy drinks and fizzy drinks but, when walking for long hours outdoors, water is the best option. I also hate seeing young children glugging down cans of energy drinks, because the sugar content in just one can is scarily high. As a parent, one would never let a child sit and eat up to 9 teaspoons of sugar, and that’s why I’m not a fan of energy drinks.
Also, I’m not sure why, (at aged 9 and upwards), they’d need extra energy. Looking at my daughter, she has enough energy for the whole family!
Further reading showed that official guidelines suggest that adults should drink between 1.6 and 2 litres a day, and poor drinking habits even create a £4 billion per year market in sales of energy drinks and fizzy pop.
I don’t want you to think that this post is preaching, because I realise that there’s always some “latest” scientific data proclaiming that too much of one thing is bad for you, or that not enough of another thing will diminish your health. Try things, but in moderation, I guess. Also, some people prefer bottled water over sweetened, flavoured, carbonated drinks, while others are equally happy with tap-water. It’s all a matter of habits and personal taste.
But, with all this interesting data stimulating my thoughts, I’m going to challenge myself to drink (at least) the recommended 2 litres a day. I’ll check my progress by drinking from a bottle of water, so that I can keep a record of how much I’m drinking in a day. I’ll also monitor any health benefits to me. Notwithstanding the health benefits, it makes economic sense, as well, considering that a 330ml bottle of branded cola costs more than double the price of a large 1.5 litre bottle of refreshing, cool mineral water.
I also think it’s a great challenge to throw down to the whole family, because it’s a challenge we can all try together, with no real effort at all. CHEERS!