Shock stats show Brits are ditching water
We all know how important it is to keep hydrated, but how many of us actually stick to the recommended guidelines of eight glasses of water a day? According to shocking new research, very few.
A study by sparkling water maker SodaStream revealed that nearly four million Brits haven't had a glass of water in - wait for it - over a WEEK!
In fact, 52 per cent said they went for tea or coffee when they felt thirsty and 30 per cent admitted they "need caffeine more than water".
Only 23 per cent managed the recommended two litres a day and 27 per cent admitted they didn't even know what the recommended water intake is.
So what are we downing instead? Three million Brits claimed they believed fizzy and energy drinks did more for them than water and 15 per cent said they drink more alcohol than H2O.
Things holding people back from water include the notion that it's "boring". But in fact, it's essential.
“Water is the healthiest way to hydrate; it energises us, aids digestion and weight loss and improves the complexion to name just a few of the benefits," GP Dr Ellie Cannon, who is supporting the SodaStream Hydrate the Nation campaign, explained.
"Despite this, many people are drinking far less than they should and their health could be suffering as a result. One in five GP visits in the UK are down to tiredness and fatigue. It is thought that dehydration could be a culprit in over 12 per cent of cases. Simple tricks like adding a little sparkle to your water can help encourage you to drink more water every day and you’ll be feeling healthier and re-energised before you know it.”
If you fall into the camp of finding water boring, try spicing things up with a squeeze of lemon, some added herbs or fruit.
Drink more water and you'll soon see the benefits: you'll be more energised, less bloated and your complexion will be brighter and clearer. It could also prevent hunger pangs, thus leading to weight loss.