For years we have been advised to up our water intake and yes upping it is always good but it doesn't have to be just water. All non alcoholic fluid count. From a morning cuppa to a milkshake plus fruit juice, fruit tea, and the beloved milk. fizzy drinks are also included when looking to up our fluid intake.
The recommended intake is around 2L per day which is about 8 glasses. Don't panic though, Starting slowly to increase is always a good step forward.
Don't forget that you also get fluid from fruit and veg, stews, gravy and meats (especially those ones from the supermarket that have more than usual fluid... You know what I mean)
The body is made up of around 60% water so you kind of want to keep that fluid in check. I always thought when I had a headache it was because I was using my brain more. Turns out it's just water swishing around (joking but with the brain made up of 75% water only 25% is actual brains... )
Water intake is of course is based on lots of different factors. We lose water naturally by wee, poo breathing and sweating. we need to replace what we lose plus a little bit more.
Some watch outs for fluid.
Some juices can contain up to 12 teaspoons of sugar so keeping an eye on the calories will not only ensure you stay within your budget but also save your teeth.
Drinking too much too quickly is not good for us so try to balance the amount throughout the day. We can always set reminders on Nutracheck to do this.
Tea & Coffee
For years we were told that tea and coffee don't really count because the can dehydrate you. The good news is that tea – and coffee – do count towards your daily water intake. Both are made with water, so it stands to reason. But there are often question marks over tea and coffee’s diuretic nature, the caffeine contained in both, and whether or not they will even dehydrate you.
Let’s start with tea. Most types of tea will contain small amounts of caffeine, a natural stimulant, but the levels are much lower than those found in coffee. The level of caffeine will also depend on the type of tea, how much you use, how long you let it brew for, and hot your water is. While most caffeine drinks will have a mild diuretic effect, it’s unlikely to be noticeable with tea.
What about coffee? Some coffees will have a higher caffeine level than others, and obviously more than tea. But the diuretic effect is fairly low in most people, similar to tea. As both tea and coffee do count as water intake, the level of caffeine contained in both drinks shouldn't have any dehydrating effects.
The health benefits of water
While almost all fluids will count towards your daily intake, including tea and coffee, drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated and properly refreshed. It has no sugar, no calories, and contains many essential natural minerals our bodies need to function properly.
So while it doesn’t have a fancy taste, water does many magical things. It’s good for our heart and other essential organs, it flushes our system of toxins, regulates our body temperature, keeps our muscles and joints in good working order, and gives us all increased mental and physical capacity.