The ultimate guide to hydration

The ultimate guide to hydration

Follow our top tips to stay hydrated and learn all about our refill project.

Drinking enough water is extremely important when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, which isn’t surprising considering we are made up of around 60% of the stuff.

We recommend drinking six to eight glasses of water (around 1.2 litres) a day to stay fully hydrated. If you’re not drinking enough, we want to help you increase your water intake!

Find out how to make drinking water more exciting, where we are installing water refill points, and why water tastes different depending on where it comes from.

1. Use a refillable bottle

Keep a reusable bottle with you to ensure you always have a drink nearby for whenever you’re thirsty. Not to mention, using a refillable bottle instead of drinking bottled water is a lot cheaper and better for the environment.

2. Drink water when consuming alcohol

Drinking water may not be a priority when consuming alcohol; however, alcohol is a diuretic, so it can cause you to become dehydrated. Try drinking one glass of water for every glass of alcohol to replace the water that leaves your body.

3. Add fruit to your drink

Try adding pieces of fruit, such as lemon, lime or orange slices, to a glass or bottle of tap water to freshen up your drink. Doing this will give your drink a fresh twist, while also providing you with essential nutrients.

4. Consume less sugary drinks

It’s ok to treat yourself to a sugary beverage every now and then, but too many can have a negative impact on your health. If you’re not a fan of water, you could try some low-sugar alternatives, including coconut water, tea, coffee or sparkling water. 

5. Eat water-rich foods

Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated; eating water-rich foods is another great way to increase your water intake. These foods tend to be fruits and vegetables, so they can also help you to maintain a healthy diet. Here’s a list of 10 water-rich foods you should try!

6. Set hydration reminders

If you live a busy lifestyle, drinking water regularly can sometimes become an afterthought. There are a variety of hydration apps you could download that will remind you to drink, while also allowing you to set goals and track your progress.

Top up with tap water

We’ve been installing refill points throughout the area we serve as part of our efforts to keep people hydrated and reduce the use of single-use plastics.

They have been installed in the following locations:

  • County Hall, Trowbridge
  • The Market Place, Devizes
  • Library and Museum, Warminster
  • Market Square, Salisbury
  • Old George Mall, Salisbury.

More will be coming to the following towns and cities soon: Weymouth, Melksham, Beaminster, Poole, Bath, Taunton, Blandford Forum and Dorchester.

More information about our refill project, as well as how to use our stations safely can be found on our refill page. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out when they get installed!

The ‘hard’ facts about your water

Have you ever wondered why tap water tastes different depending on where you get it from? This is because most of the water we supply is groundwater sourced from underground water-bearing rocks (or aquifers).

Usually, water comes from two limestone aquifers known as the Chalk and the Great Oolite. Being limestone, the water yielded is generally high in calcium carbonate and is therefore classed as ‘hard’.

While this can unfortunately lead to limescale, it can help make our bones and teeth stronger when we drink it and many people much prefer the taste of hard water to soft water.

If limescale has built up in your kitchen or bathroom, check out our tutorial video for tips on how to get rid of it.

More information about water hardness can be found at www.wessexwater.co.uk/hardness-and-limescale.

Written by

Tom Thomson

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