Did you know?
- 62% of Brits don’t drink the recommended daily water intake of 2-2.5 litres
- Almost half of us dislike drinking water, with 52% saying it is boring
- 1/2 of Brits say they prefer to drink flavoured liquids such as squash
Why do we need to keep hydrated?
Keeping hydrated, especially during the warm, summer months is important for so many reasons. Our bodies are 60% water and depend on fluid intake to survive. The body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, lubricate your joints, and maintain good health overall.
Whilst drinking water on its own isn’t for everyone, there are other options to help you take on more fluid throughout the day, such as Robinsons range of refreshing and delicious squash and cordials.
Hydration tips from Dr Emma Derbyshire
- Regular timings. Avoid going for long periods during the day without drinking water or fluids. Start the day with a large glass of water to top up the bodies water levels before the day begins
- Mix it up. Liquids can come from an array of sources. Of course, water itself but also diluted squashes, such as Robinsons, herbal teas and even some foods such as melon.
- Aim for water guidelines. 2 litres daily for women and 2.5 litres daily from men. Typically 70% should come from fluids and 30% from foods
- Track it. These days with technological advances it’s much easier to monitor whether with are drinking enough fluids or not. So look to utilise such tried and tested monitors
How to test if you are hydrated
- Urine colour test: The simplest way to tell if you are dehydrated and keep track the colour of your urine. Dark yellow to amber urine means you may have mild to severe dehydration. You can usually tell you have healthy hydration levels if your urine is very light in colour
- Skin: Check your skin for signs of dehydration such as roughness or flaking, redness, tightening or shrinking
- Breath: Your mouth and tongue may feel dry or sticky when you’re dehydrated. You might also have bad breath
To highlight the importance of staying properly hydrated, this summer Robinsons has teamed up with pioneering technology company, Sixty, to introduce ground-breaking wearable technology that assesses hydration levels and alerts people if they should be drinking more liquid, especially when they are on-the-go.
For full T&Cs on the Hydration Hamper social competition click here
- Research survey of 1,500 Brits during July 2019