We all need a certain amount of fluids each day to keep our body functioning properly. Unfortunately, we seem to have become slaves to coffee, tea and soft, sugary drinks and a large number of people perceive that a glass of fizzy cola is all the liquid intake they need. This is a particular problem for children because of the high sugar content of this type of drink.
Whilst there’s no doubt that coffee, tea (particularly green tea) and diluted squashes provide the body with fluids, the simplest and most available drink (and it’s almost free out of the tap!) is plain old water, and a simple switch to this rather than sugary drinks is not only much better for the body, but can contribute to weight loss as well. A study conducted in 2012 by researchers at the University of North Carolina (Ref) demonstrated a 2%-2.5% average weight loss amongst adults who swapped calorific drinks for water over a six month period.
So do you drink enough water?
So, if you do nothing else this new year, follow these two rules:
1. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day (straight from the tap is fine). Reduce (or better still eradicate) all fizzy colas and fruit drinks. You can still drink a couple of cups of tea or coffee each day and diluted, weak squash is also fine.
2. If you feel hungry, drink a glass of water before even thinking about a snack. Have a glass before you eat as well.
If you’re in doubt, try it for just a day…drink nothing but water and you WILL notice the difference.
The New In 90 team