Are you fed up with conflicting reports on how much water we should be drinking each day? So are we. So we’ve decided to put down our sports drinks and get to the bottom of the water debate.
The NHS has recommended amounts on their website: The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That's about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man.
An easy to remember rule is to drink around 1.5 to 2 litres a day, which is the size of a large bottle of fizzy drink. However, these amounts will vary depending on several factors:
You will know you’re drinking enough water if your urine is a pale yellow colour and rarely feel thirsty. If you’re still not sure, try this hydration calculator from Camelbak.
Some people find caffeinated drinks make their body produce more urine. However, recent research suggests tea and coffee do not dehydrate us, and is actually very beneficial.
Also caffeine has been shown to improve athletic performance, so enjoy that hot cuppa!
Plain water is the best, but not the only option. If you really don’t like the taste, try adding some squeezed lemon or lime, or buying sparkling water. You could also add a little fruit juice or squash, and milk can also count towards the total.
We can also up our fluid intake by eating high water content foods such as:
Want to perform your best? Stay hydrated!
I can't detect a taste difference. Bottled water is such an environmental disaster in the UK that I try never to use it.
I drink a lot of bottled water and find that tap water doesn't taste as clean. Saying that, I have heard that hard water is good for the heart. We have hard water but it definitely doesn't taste as nice as bottled water.
having lived in places where drinkable water does not come out of the tap, I make a point of making the most of a great British luxury; fresh tap water.
Craig - Squash is worse than tea or coffee. It's full of sugar or sweeteners and completely artificial. At least tea and coffee are natural and have plenty of benefits. I drink loads of water so can enjoy my coffee too.
Personally I hate water but I drink lots of squash. I figure that's better than tea and coffee all the time.