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Benefits of drinking water - reduces UTIs

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Need to pee again?

How often do you have to deal with the burning, painful, or urgent symptoms of an overactive bladder or a urinary tract infection (UTI). Symptoms can include leaking urine, urgency and a pressing need to pee, along with cloudy, smelly, or bloody urine.

Want to reduce the stresses on your bladder and the likelihood of another infection? There is a simple solution that can help you out. Drink more water.

Why life is better when you drink more water

Water is great for you. It’s Nature’s drink of choice. So why do over 30% of us admit to going days without drinking any? The temptation to opt for a cuppa or a can of fizz can be strong. But nothing beats water when it comes to reducing your symptoms and supporting your body. 

Creating great habits is a matter of motivation, mindset and consistency. When you have a clear understanding of why something is good for you and how it can make you feel, it’s easier to integrate it into your life. So, let’s make water desirable. You won’t be able to keep your hands off it once you gulp down a few of these facts. 

A quality drinking experience

Hold off running to the tap straight away. Tap water cycles around and around in your plumbing system. Your water company adds all manner of chemicals to it to make it ‘safe’ to drink. These can include chlorine, aluminium sulphate and calcium hydroxide. That’s alongside fluoride in many parts of the country and other man-made contaminants that water companies don’t test for or remove. 

So, bottled water then, right? Not if you want to be a friend to the environment and your pocket. Worldwide, we produce a million plastic bottles a minute. These end up in landfills and our oceans. Plus, spending £1.50 on a 2-litre bottle of water every day is nearly £550 per year.

So now we’re stuck between dehydration, chemical cocktails and financial and environmental collapse…. relax and take a deep breath (also great for you). There are a couple of simple, cost-effective solutions: 

  • get a water filter — either a jug or have one fitted to your tap for a relatively low price, less than the cost of buying bottled water every day. 
  • Distill your water — a quick internet search will guide you on the different ways you can set up a distillation process in your home. 

Both methods will keep you hydrated without exposing you to new health risks. 

Water benefits explained

Your health is precious and so is your beauty. The 2 go hand in hand. The qualities we find attractive are often also indicators of health. 

Check out some of the beauty benefits that come with a passion for water:   

  • younger-looking skin 
  • strong nails
  • a healthy glow
  • sparkly eyes 
  • a fresh and clean scent 
  • better weight control.

Water is a bit of a superstar when it comes to health. It can: 

  • improve your brain power
  • keep your cells hydrated
  • fight off health issues like UTIs, constipation and hypertension
  • keep your joints healthy
  • improve your endurance
  • aid with digestion including boosting your saliva production.

Keeping count

Women need to drink about 2.7 litres of water per day for optimum health. This needs to be drunk throughout the day. Downing a litre in the morning and night won’t help. There’s only so much water the body can handle at once, so you’ll end up peeing more and not getting the full benefit. 

Fortunately, tech can help you out. There are numerous hydration apps out there. These give you gentle reminders during the day, help you set health goals and motivate you with rewards. Some also connect you to a wider community of people who are trying to achieve similar goals. Accountability is a great motivator. Knowing others are watching and supporting you can be super helpful. 

The big hurdle

For many people, it’s about the taste of water. They just can’t get excited about it. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to jazz up your hydration experience. Read all about them here.

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Claire
Claire
July 9, 2021 10:03 pm

Thanks for this article. So true! I always fill up my water bottle from the tap. Scotland has such lovely water and I prefer it to some bottled water. I sometimes add a bit of elderflower, so delicious 😋

Emma
Emma
July 12, 2021 11:37 pm

Such a great article … It’s so hard to drink 2.7L of water a day even with the flavoured water. I have found that I love the flavour of Alkaline Water but it can get expensive, so I use triple lime scale filtered water every day and I try to build up to over 2L. 😉

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July 14, 2021 2:30 pm

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This blog is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.

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