Water is one of the best things you can put into your body and it’s free, but despite this so many of us fail to drink the recommended amount on a daily basis.
Here at Champneys we’ve pulled together the various benefits of drinking more water as well as some helpful tips to help you get guzzling those all-important eight glasses.
Our skin needs water to function properly. The benefits are clear, soft, youthful skin with fewer wrinkles, making water regarded by many as the best anti-ageing treatment around.
Essential for maintaining skin moisture levels, water delivers essential nutrients to your complexion aiding cell renewal and improving elasticity.
If you’ve visited any of our spa resorts you will have come across our weight loss and detox retreats and in these our experts will discuss the psychology of losing weight and share tips such as drinking more water.
Water can help you lose weight as it removes the by-products of fat, raises your metabolism and it contains no calories!
Water is an appetite suppressant and by drinking water before meals it can make you feel fuller and as a result reduce the amount of food you can eat.
Health resource website WebMD says that drinking water before a meal can reduce your average intake by 75 calories per meal, which means you could avoid up to 27,000 extra calories a year.
Fiona Hunter, who runs the Fiona Hunter Nutritionist site, adds, “It’s very easy to confuse hunger and thirst so often when we think we’re feeling hungry what we’re actually feeling is thirsty, so drinking regularly can help reduce the urge to snack between meals, also having a large glass of water before meals will help to fill the stomach which will you feel fuller quicker so you’re less likely to over eat.”
The more water you drink the more hydrated you will be and as your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert.
Your energy levels will also be boosted by the fact you drink more water and this means you will feel more active and your tiredness levels will decrease.
Fiona Hunter adds, “If you don’t drink enough and your body becomes dehydrated it can cause headaches and makes you feel tired and lethargic, it can also make it more difficult for you to concentration.”
One way you can drink more water is to make sure you drink before every meal and this is highly recommended by Fiona Hunter.
“Have a glass of water as soon as you get up in the morning - the body can become dehydrated overnight – particularly if your bedroom is very warm.
“It helps to get into habit of drinking water so every time you have a cup of tea or coffee have a glass of water as well.
“Don’t wait until you are thirsty before having a glass of water – thirst is a sign that your body is already dehydrated so make sure you build regular water breaks into your schedule.”
Let’s be honest if you’re sitting at a desk all day or are travelling in the car, you’re not going to make it a priority to go and get water very often.
The perfect fix is to buy our very own Champneys water bottle as then you can keep it on your desk, in your car or take it with you if you’re in the gym or are going on a run. This will give you no excuse for not drinking any water.
Yeah, that’s right there are apps out there that will help you to track the number of cups of water you are drinking.
Fiona from Fiona Hunter Nutritionist says, “Get a water app – there are lots of free ones available – that reminds you take a drink and tracks how much you drink each day.”
Whilst drinking water is extremely important you can also get the water you need in your diet from lots of healthy foods. You can learn more about the foods you should eat at our boot camps and nutrition sessions, but below are some of the water rich foods you can eat.
If you’re going on a night out you should alternate a glass of water for every cocktail or other alcoholic drink.
You should try to make it a habit to always drink at least one more glass of water before bed and when you get home you should drink a glass of water before bed. This won’t just rehydrate you after drinking it will make your hangover a lot better.
Gone are the days of large water filters that take up space in your fridge and instead you can upgrade with a real fruit infuser.
There are lots of fruit infusers such as Soma, a sustainable filter shaped like a carafare. This particular filter is made out of coconut shell carbon, silk and a plant-based casing.
Nutritionist Fiona thinks fruit infusers are a great idea, especially if you do not like the taste of normal tap water.
“If you don’t like the taste of your tap water – invest in water filter – or keep a jug of water in the fridge – cold water always tastes better than water straight from the tap. Try adding flavourings – things like a few slices of strawberries, cucumber or orange or a few sprigs of fresh mint.”