Follow our top tips to stay hydrated and tap into a healthier lifestyle.
We recommend drinking six to eight glasses of tap water (around 1.2 litres) a day to stay hydrated.
If you're struggling to drink enough water, follow our top tips to stay hydrated.
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. Doing this will add some essential vitamins and minerals to your drink, as well as giving it a fruity taste.
Use a refillable water bottle
Taking a refillable water bottle with you on your travels will ensure you always have a drink nearby. Using a refillable bottle instead of bottled water is also a lot cheaper and better for the environment.
Eat water-rich foods
Eating water-rich foods (such as cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon and strawberries) is a great way to increase your water intake. These foods tend to be fruits and vegetables, so consuming them will also help you to maintain a healthy diet.
Drink water when consuming alcohol
Alcohol is a diuretic, so drinking lots of it makes you go to the toilet more. It’s important that you replace the water that leaves your body when drinking alcohol to ensure you don’t get dehydrated.
Set hydration reminders
If you live a busy lifestyle, drinking water regularly can sometimes become an afterthought. There are a variety of hydration apps that will remind you to drink, while also allowing you to set goals and track your progress.
Signs of dehydration
You’re dehydrated when you lose more fluids than you have consumed. Feeling thirsty is usually a good indication that you have become dehydrated.
If you struggle to recognise when you should have a drink, other signs of dehydration include:
feeling dizzy or lightheaded
dry mouth, lips or eyes
urinating less than usual.
Top up with tap water for free
We have installed water refill points in towns and cities across the region to help customers stay hydrated when out and about.