Staying hydrated just got a whole lot easier - we’re giving away ten Push Doctor water bottles (if you’re a Love Island fan, they might look familiar).
We have TEN water bottles up for grabs!
How do you enter? Like our Facebook page - where we post wellbeing advice and health-focused motivation - before 31st August 2018 to be in with a change of winning. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on 31st August or before.
Our bodies comprise of about 60% water - with that in mind, you can imagine the scale of the damage done when we start to lose out on our daily intake. So how could winning one of these water bottles help you?
What’s the recommended daily intake of water?
The government recommends we drink six to eight glasses of water a day - about two litres.
Why? Well, every day our body loses water through processes like sweating, breathing and going to the toilet. And that all needs replacing! The recommended eight glasses of water is enough to replace that lost through these processes as we go about our day.
Of course, on some days we might lose more than the average - like when we exercise, or if it’s particularly warm out. On these days, you should look at increasing the amount of water you’re drinking.
Other than avoid a nasty out of dehydration - where you might feel dizzy, confused or sick - though, what other benefits can drinking enough water bring?
How does water affect your health?
- Water improves your focus and your memory by preventing the brain from becoming dehydrated.
- Water can prevent some bad moods - the strain caused by having to concentrate harder when dehydrated (because you can’t focus) can make you irritable and tired.
Your diet and weight
- Water can help you change your eating habits - water can help you feel full, so it may lead to you eating a little less here and there (especially when it comes to snacking).
- Water can have an effect on your metabolism (responsible for how quickly you burn fat) - increasing it when enough is consumed and decreasing it when too little is consumed.
- Water can protect against some diseases - poor hydration has been linked to developing problems with the heart, kidneys, lungs and bladder.
- Water keeps your joints from stiffening and aching. When you’re dehydrated, water is drawn from parts of the body (including from our cartilage, that allows our bones to move easily against each other) to keep our organs hydrated. These causes friction between our bones.
- Water helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure and control body temperature through our blood plasma. Our blood consists, mainly, of plasma, which in turn is around 90% water. For plasma to do its job properly, we need to stay hydrated.
- Water keeps your digestive system working healthily. Without enough water in your body, going to the toilet can become an uncomfortable experience with conditions like constipation occurring. So drink up!
- Water improves your athletic performance. When you’re dehydrated, your muscles struggle to contract properly and you’ll struggling to perform.
- Water help you recover from a workout. Your muscles need you to be hydrated in order to repair themselves, and you need to replace the water you’ve lost through sweat.