When it comes to hydration, a good rule of thumb is to remember that water is your best bet. Not only is it the cheapest option, but it also has zero calories and sugar, which is helpful for maintaining healthy teeth and a healthy weight.
Though, if you’re struggling to get your NHS recommended six to eight cups a day, then these nine healthy and hydrating drinks will make good substitutes. As with all things, just try to remember to drink them in moderation.
It’s also best to try to keep your consumption of soft drinks (like fizzy sodas, squash, and energy drinks) to a minimum. This is not only because they offer little nutritional value, but also because they tend to contain lots of calories and additives.
Alcoholic drinks like beer, wine, and spirits should also only be consumed in moderation. This is because alcohol is a diuretic, which, as we’ve said, means that you’ll actually end up losing more water than you consume, resulting in dehydration. The NHS recommends drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol per week.
For more information on hydration, including information on why it’s important and some tips to help you drink more water throughout the day, then why not check out our article; 11 tips for staying hydrated and why it’s important?
What’s your favourite drink for staying hydrated? Is it on this list? If not, what is it? We’d love to hear from you! Join the conversation over on the Rest Less community forum or leave a comment below.