POPSUGAR Australia has partnered with Tetley Tea to help keep you hydrated this Summer.
Sometimes the simplest parts of life are the hardest to nail. Things like getting eight hours of sleep, cutting down on screen time, and hitting a daily water intake goal seem easy, but can be stressful to maintain. I feel as though they're the most difficult tasks to tackle because we're always surrounded by pressure to stay on top of them, as well as the constant reminders of the consequences that can arise if we get into bad habits.
I know I probably don't need to repeat it, but the benefits of drinking water cannot be understated. What it lacks in flavour and excitement it makes up for in being a complete holy grail of holistic health — improving mood and memory, preventing the risk of kidney infections, reducing headaches and helping activate our metabolism are just a few of them. With summer around the corner, it's super important that on top of our regular sun-safety measures, keeping hydrated is front of mind too.
So, let's release the pressure valve for a second, and debunk a few myths around water intake.
The notion that you need to drink eight cups of water per day is a factual relic — it's a rule that was created in 1945 by the Food and Nutrition Board. It's also worth noting that within that research, they uncovered that a good chunk of this daily intake is also contained in foods like vegetables and fruit too. There's also minimal evidence around drinks like coffee and tea having a significant impact on dehydration.
Listen to your body — thirst is your best indicator of hydration, and daily water intake varies from person to person, depending on what activities you'll be partaking in throughout the day. There's no one blanket rule, which definitely makes things a little easier.
However, if you feel as though your water consumption has taken a back seat, this could be a solution.
If you adore Kombucha or soft drinks, while swapping them for water might seem like a flavourless trade you could always spice things up a bit with a simple addition.
Filling your bottle up with mint, lemon, and other delicious fruits, or making frozen fruit cubes could help satiate that hit of flavour you'll be desperately craving when the 3 p.m. sugar slump comes through. Trying out all-natural water infusers like Tetley's Cold Infusions, or even opting for sparkling water could do the trick. See, it's not all about eliminating fun altogether.
Like everything in life, we're always performing our best when we take the pressure off and try to implement things that'll benefit our own personal needs. It might sound obvious, but something as essential (and tricky) as staying hydrated should cater to your routine too. Remember, it's the little things that count, and even swapping out one large cup of Kombucha a day with a fruity, infused water could make all the difference.
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Posted by POPSUGAR on Thursday, October 8, 2020