The benefits of H20: Why is water so important to our health?

How does our relationship with water affect our day-to-day lives? We sat down with expert food and nutrition blogger, Madeleine Shaw, to get the facts about why it’s so important to keep hydrated, and how doing so can improve our health, happiness and productivity throughout the day.

Take a look at the other articles in the Madeleine Shaw series on the Bensons blog.

Is it beneficial to drink and glass of water as soon as you wake up?

Staying hydrated is bang on-trend right now, many people are carrying big water bottles around with them so there’s no excuse not to drink enough of the wet stuff, but is it actually good for you to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up? Water is our essential ‘life force’ so to speak, and drinking it is vital to staying on top of our health game.

Every function in your body needs water to stay working, and drinking enough water aids digestion, so drinking a glass of water as soon as you get out of bed can help to ‘wake up’ your digestive system and make you feel less groggy.

Think of it this way – your body is repairing and rejuvenating itself while you sleep, and a glass of water when you wake up will give you that all-important hydration that’s been lost during the night. If you prefer a hot coffee in the morning, why not substitute it for a delicious herbal tea instead?

How can drinking enough water help me lose weight?

Sometimes, our bodies say they’re hungry when, in fact, they’re just thirsty. So, drinking more water can actually stop us from overeating and help us to regulate our portion sizes too. The trick is to make drinking a glass of water just as much of a habit as reaching for a sugary snack when our body is feeling those ‘hunger’ pangs.

How can I remind myself to drink more water?

Here are some tried-and-tested ways to help yourself drink more water:

Keep a bottle of water at your desk at work. We recommend buying one that’s made from reusable stainless steel or glass to keep hydrated and reduce your plastic usage

Set reminders on your phone to drink more water

Keep track of your water intake by downloading one of the specialist water apps onto your smart phone

I’m going on a night out and will be drinking alcohol, how can I stay hydrated?

It’s no secret that alcohol dehydrates us, so if you have a big night planned try to alternate every alcoholic drink you have with a glass of water. Not only will this help you to avoid the hangover the next day, but it will also help you have a more restful sleep by balancing your sugar levels.

For more exclusive health tips, view the full conversation with Madeleine Shaw on Bensons for Beds Instagram.

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