Nutrition

Drink Plenty Of Water | Summer Tips

Written by Charlotte Campbell


Drink Plenty of Water 


Summer is a great motivator for ramping up your fitness regime. It is lighter each day for exercising outdoors, and everyone wants to feel happy and healthy in their summer clothes. Not only that, but summer-friendly foods are often healthier, too. Refreshing salads, cool smoothies and fruit snacks all seem more appealing when the sun is out.

 

However, don’t forget that basic ingredient for overall wellness: water. As the sun comes out and the day heats up, you can easily end up dehydrated if you aren’t careful. Maximising your water intake has a whole range of health benefits you won’t want to miss out on.

 

Aim for around 2 litres of water a day, but listen to your body – don’t limit it if you still feel thirsty at the end of a workout!


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✓ Boost That Brain

 

Water helps to keep your brain ticking along as it should. When you are dehydrated, your brain is too. Don’t lose out on focus or energy just by missing out on your daily H2o!


✓ Glowing Skin

 

As skincare brands are always telling us, dryness is the cause of a whole host of complexion issues. But before you splash out on an expensive moisturiser, make sure you hydrate your skin from the inside. Water is the cornerstone of smooth and youthful looking skin.


✓ Say Goodbye To Cramps

 

There’s no greater gym annoyance than a cramp. Mostly, this is caused by dehydration. Getting your recommended daily water intake will help ease your muscles and joints.


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✓ Trust Your Gut

 

Water is a vital part of the digestion process. It helps to keep you regular and flush out some excess fats in the body.


✓ Stops False Hunger

 

If you find yourself grazing even though you’ve eaten correctly, you could well be thirsty. While we all think of thirst as dry throat, it can often masquerade as hunger. Try having a large glass of water next time you’re tempted to stray from your meal prep plans.


✓ Detox Naturally

 

Water helps the body to rid itself of toxins and nasties that can harm the body. In the same way, water can clean the outside of your body, it also helps clean from the inside. You’ll find that those that meet their recommended water intake are less likely to be ill than those that are often dehydrated.


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✓ Encourage Yourself to Drink More

 

Keep a bottle of water with you at all times, so you can sip throughout the day. If you often forget, set regular timers on your phone or watch to get you in a routine.

 

Infusing your water with lemons or other fruits can give extra flavour as well as adding in extra benefits whilst remaining low calorie. Just leave the fruit in your water overnight, and you’ll be surprised at the burst of flavour in the morning.

 

Make sure you ONLY count water and fruit infused water towards your intake. Sodas, coffees, teas and artificially sweetened waters may hamper the great effects of the good old clear stuff.


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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye has a MSc in Sport Physiology and Nutrition, and puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding. She enjoys a pun, and in her spare time loves dog walking and eating out.


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