How much water should I drink every day?

Lady drinking water

It should be a simple question to answer, but there seems to be some conflicting advice out there. This is because there isn’t one simple answer. It depends on a lot of factors, like your age, weight, how active you are and the climate you live in. But understanding your body’s need for water will help you to decide the correct water intake for your body.

What part does water play in your body’s function?

Water makes up about 50% to 70% of your body weight, and our brains are 75% water. Amazing, isn’t it? And a strong indication of just how important it is to maintaining good health.

Water plays an important part in our mood and in our body’s ability to release energy from food. So if you’re feeling tired, or a little low, you may be dehydrated. Here are just some of the ways your body uses water:

  • To regulate your temperature
  • To digest food and transport nutrients throughout your body
  • To maintain healthy PH and electrolyte levels
  • To protect your spinal cord, tissues and joints
  • To get rid of waste 

Water for weight loss

There’s growing evidence that drinking water before a meal can help to trigger your ‘satiety response’ sooner. That’s the alert which is sent to your brain to tell you you’ve eaten enough food. Drinking water is also thought to raise our metabolisms and make us burn more calories for the next 90 minutes, as well as reducing sweet cravings.

For an extra boost, try adding a little apple cider vinegar into the water. The purpose of this is to reduce the glucose spike you will get when you do eat. This is likely to reduce your food cravings for the rest of the day.

I’m on board, so how much do I need to drink?

The advice from the NHS is to drink 6 to 8 200ml cups of water every day, which includes tea, coffee, juice and milk. That’s about 1.2L a day. At Shrink, we would encourage you to listen to your body. Try experimenting with a higher water intake, and move more towards water, and away from sugary or caffeinated drinks. See how this makes you feel. Is your skin quality better? Do you find that you are eating less? Do you have more energy than before? It’s very rare for a healthy adult to drink too much water, so if you find that you benefit from drinking more, keep it up!

Times when you should increase your water in take

If you’re having the Emerald laser or Body Ballancer treatments, we advise you to drink at least 2 litres of water every day, especially in the 48 hours after your treatment. This is because we need water in your lymphatic system to wash away the liquid fat which has been released into your body by the Emerald Laser. This fat is then expelled from your body when you go to the toilet. If you’re not able to drink enough water, the fat may be reabsorbed and this is going to affect the results you achieve.

You should also increase your water consumption when you’re ill, exercising, in very hot or cold weather, and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Again, listen to your body – drink before and with every meal, in between meals, before, during and after exercising and whenever you’re thirsty.

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