e’re told that we need at least eight glasses of water daily to be healthy, but doing so can sometimes feel as though the whole day revolves around drinking (and peeing). So we ask, does the “two litres a day” notion really have to be adhered to? Throughout the day, our bodies can lose between one-and-a-half to two litres of water, simply by breathing, sweating and urinating (a little more if it’s hot or during exercise). So, in order to make up for the loss, we need to drink more water. A study of 48,000 people showed that those who drank 1.5 litres (around six glasses) of water a day had a lower incidence of bladder cancer than those who consumed less than 240ml (one glass) per day. A study of 12,017 women found that those who drank five or more glasses of water per day had much lower risk of developing coronary heart disease than those who drank only two glasses of water a day. needed for general hydration and it turns out, doesn’t clear toxins any faster than if we were to consume less. Our kidneys act like sieves, keeping thing that our body needs, such as calcium, and throwing out the rest (by sending it to the bladder to become urine). We might think that drinking a lot of water helps our kidneys flush out the toxins faster, but a small scientific study showed that having too much H2O actually slows down the process. While there are long-term benefits to drinking six glasses of water a day, there’s no hardand-fast rule for general hydration. Everyone’s body is different and so is the amount of water they need. This difference depends on our diets, how much exercise we do, and genetics. So, don’t force yourself to have eight glasses a day if it’s making you feel bloated, or if you feel you don’t need it. Trust that your body will tell you when you’re thirsty and require a top-up and when you don’t. Some studies suggest drinking water before a meal can decrease appetite and promote weight loss. As much as we want this to be true, the effect won’t last as hunger will eventually kick in.
Doing it for Gigi’s glow.