How to drink more water

Are you finding it difficult to meet the daily target of 8 glasses (around 2 litres) of water a day? You're not alone. Thousands of people across the UK are aiming to drink more water - and in fact, it's one of the quickest and most effective changes you can make to improve your health.

However, it can be difficult to get into the habit of drinking plenty of water. Here are some top tips to help you drink a little more water everyday...

1. Start your day with a glass of water - Your body is often dehydrated when you wake up in the morning. Make it part of your routine to start the day with a glass of water before breakfast. Add a slice of fresh lemon for a refreshing start to the day.

2. Have a bottle of water by your side at your desk - If you work in an office, you might not feel like you've worked up much of a thirst throughout the day. We recommend that you take a bottle of water to work and keep it by your side throughout the day. Sip and refill as you go - you'll probably be surprised as to how easy it is to drink a litre or so.

3. Keep an eye on your caffeine and alcohol intake - Caffeine and alcohol can have a dehydrating effect on the body. A rough guide to keeping hydrated is to drink a glass of water for every glass or cup of alcoholic or caffeinated drink that you take.

4. Remember that your recommended daily intake can include food - Food contains lots of water, so you might be getting more water than you originally thought. Oranges, pineapples, melons, tomatoes and other juicy fruit and veg are a great source of water - as are natural juices, smoothies and other low-sugar drinks.

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