HYDRATION is not just about drinking that quota of 2-3 litres of water a day!

But yes, at least 1.5 litres is a good start. That’s only six full glasses and then add a herbal tea or two and you’re pretty much there. However for each cup of tea, coffee or sugar intake, whether its drink or food, you need to add one glass of water for each of these consumed. This will counteract the de-hydrating effect of sugar and caffeine.

Water is one of the most important elements in the body. It makes up about 60 per cent of our bodies. Hydration is key for all of our cells and has many functions like flushing out toxins; assisting in good colonic elimination, it helps keep those wrinkles at bay and assists in losing weight and increasing energy.

Studies have shown that drinking water raises your metabolism and improves your fat burning rate. And if that wasn’t reason enough to start knocking back the H2O, drinking water before a meal can help you feel fuller and eat less, because we are often thirsty when we think we are hungry.

Coconut water is another great option for keeping you hydrated, while controlling your blood sugar levels. Low in fat, it can help you feel fuller and reduce cravings, but this should only be drunk sometimes and not in place of the original H2O.

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