Most of us know that water is pretty important for keeping us alive.
The average human body is made up of around 60% water – so if we let ourselves get too dehydrated the health implications can be really severe.
Despite that, a third of Brits have revealed that they don’t drink water every day. None. At all.
And 20% say that they last drank a glass of water over a week ago – according to a new survey.
The research, commissioned by Britvic’s family brand Robinsons, showed that almost half of the nation dislike drinking water, with 52% saying it is boring.
Sure, breathing’s pretty boring too – but it keeps us alive so…
A shocking 62% of people admit to not drinking the recommended daily allowance of 2.0L – 2.5L. 4% even admitted to not having drunk a glass of water in over a month.
‘Keeping hydrated, especially during the warm, summer months is important for so many reasons’, says Hydration Expert, Dr Emma Derbyshire.
‘The research shows that half of Brits suffer from headaches as result of being dehydrated and many also feel sleepy (41%) if they haven’t had enough fluid.
‘As well as the short term impact, dehydration may also contribute to more long-term effects such as constipation, reduced kidney function and kidney stones, urinary tract infection and mental confusion – so it’s vital to ensure fluid intake is in line with recommended guidelines for men and women.
‘The simplest way to tell if you are dehydrated and keep track throughout the day is to look at the colour of your urine.
‘A wearable hydration monitor with immediate results would be hugely beneficial – especially for children and the elderly who are particularly susceptible to the effects of dehydration.’
To highlight the importance of staying properly hydrated, Britvic and Robinsons have teamed up with pioneering technology company, Sixty, to introduce a wearable hydration monitor that assesses hydration levels and alerts customers if they should be drinking more liquid.
The special watch uses a technique called optical spectrometry that can instantly tell if the wearer is dehydrated when placed on the skin.
It is currently the only device that can accurately measure hydration non-intrusively and aims to be available to buy next summer.
It’s so important to stay hydrated – particularly during heatwaves or hot weather. It not only helps to keep you healthy, but it can also improve your skin, can improve your alertness and even flush out nasty toxins.
So drink up.
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