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We are all starving ourselves from the elixir of life!

News / Health & Wellbeing

By Editor, 5 June 2018

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How much water do you drink in a day?

A new report shows that in the one week, 1 in 4 office workers have gone a day without drinking water and half of all office workers surveyed drink less than a litre a day. Desk dehydration is a real issue, if you don't drink enough, you can get headaches, feel nauseated, and find it hard to concentrate.

1 in 10 adults are unaware of the recommended daily allowance of water

You’re supposed to drink six to eight glasses of water every day. If you've lost count, there is an easy skin test you can do to determine if you're hydrated. Pinch the skin on the back of your hand for a few seconds. If the skin immediately returns to normal, you're fine. If it doesn't, you need to drink more water.

The test relies on "skin turgor," which is your skin's elasticity, or how easily it changes shape and returns to normal when pulled or pressed. Skin with normal turgor should be able to snap back very quickly. You can test your skin turgor if you pinch the skin on the back of your hand for a few seconds. If it immediately returns to normal, you are hydrated enough; if it doesn't, you need to drink more water.

An alarming amount of us attempt to quench our thirst with a variety of drinks, from juice (32%), fizzy drinks (28%) or coffee (23%), instead of choosing water.

It is a well-known fact that water is essential to our wellbeing, however a surprising amount of the nation are in a constant state of dehydration, which in turn negatively affects their health. Throughout our hectic day, we can often forget even the most basic of tasks, such as drinking water, in fact, the research, commissioned by Aqua Optima, reveals that more than a quarter of us have gone a day without drinking water in the last week. The research aims to raise awareness of the importance of drinking water and all the health benefits that reap from this simple necessity.

The research also reveals 67% of UK adults said they drink other forms of liquid as an alternative.

And while any liquid is better than nothing, you can get your six to eight glasses of water a day from tea and coffee if that's what you drink — it won't dehydrate you. Caffeine does have a diuretic effect, but it's minimal in comparison to the benefits of hydration you're getting by drinking the water in tea and coffee. Juices, smoothies, and soda all contribute to your daily hydration, too, but be wary as they also contain a lot of sugar!

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