6 Ways To Stay Hydrated & Why It’s Important
65% of our body consists of water and dehydration can have a huge impact on energy, concentration, short-term memory and even mood!
Dehydration has also been shown to cause a drop in workplace productivity. A large meta-analysis has concluded that dehydration can impair cognitive performance, particularly for tasks which involve attention and concentration. The researchers found that functions such as complex problem solving and coordination also suffered. 
Many of us forget to drink or simply just don’t like the taste of water. Here are 6 hydrating hacks to boost our intake…
1. Invest in an Infruition water bottle
If you’re not a fan of plain water, then jazz yours up with infused water. This bottle allows you to add beautiful-tasting fruit into its special chamber leaving you with a naturally tastier beverage.
The combinations of flavours are endless, but make a start by infusing with your water with berries, mint, ginger, cucumber and even lemon.
2. Add a dash of cold-press juice to sparkling water
Cold-pressed juice is made by slowly grinding, squeezing and pressing the fruit. There is minimal heat involved when juicing and the process squeezes out every last drop, leaving a more nutritious and flavoursome juice in comparison to your regular stuff on the shelf. In fact, some cold-pressed juicers claim to extract up to 35% more juice in comparison to regular juice.
Try adding 100ml of juice to some sparkling water for an extra vitamin hit and a dash of flavour. PRESS London provides a range of nourishing and super tasty fruit and vegetable juice which are hard to resist.
3. Try keeping a water bottle on your desk to remind you to stay hydrated
The saying ‘out of sight out of mind’ is too true when it comes to drinking water. Try keeping a bottle on your desk at all times. You can also opt for a water bottle with useful tracker markers up the side to remind you to drink at certain times – there really is no excuse!
4. Opt for water with health benefits
PRESS London have a great range of hydrators, from their ‘Blue Spirulina Lemonade’ to their ‘Pink Probiotic Water’ with over 1 billion gut-friendly bacteria. All of their hydrators are water-based with a healthy twist and are super tasty too.
For example, their Pink Probiotic Water comes with a dash of dragon fruit to give it a refreshing flavour and a fun bright colour. What’s more, the probiotic bacteria included has been researched for supporting immune function and improving digestion.
5. Try cold infused tea bags
It’s common knowledge that iced tea is full of added sugar, but fortunately, we can now make our own! Twinings have just brought out a range of cold-infused tea bags that bring a hint of flavour to your water, making hydration even easier. What’s more, they’re made from all-natural ingredients and are sugar-free…what’s not to love!
From watermelon, strawberry & mint to lemon, to coconut, pineapple and green tea – the flavours are endless.
6. Choose a warming herbal tea
Herbal teas can be a perfect hydrating alternative to your regular coffee and tea. But in addition to their hydrating properties, they may also come with additional health benefits. For example, chamomile tea may have calming properties whilst fennel tea may support digestion!
Heath and Heather provide a great range of herbal infusions.
Lily is a London Nutritionist who graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Food and Human Nutrition (AfN accredited) where she was awarded the Sage Faculty for Excellence Scholarship on an annual basis. She then went on to complete a 2-year post graduate Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and is currently working towards her MSc in Nutritional Medicine (AfN accredited) at the University of Surrey. Lily’s extensive knowledge of the science of food and health, enables her to regularly write for The Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Independent, Women’s Health and Cosmopolitan.
Her frequent TV appearances include ITV’s This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, and ITV’s primetime series Save Money: Lose Weight with Dr Ranj Singh. Lily’s passion is to simplify the science around nutrition, to provide health hacks and smarter eating strategies to empower people to enjoy a healthy and successful lifestyle. Her specialities lie in workplace wellness, implementing nutrition focused wellbeing programmes within corporate organisations across the UK.
Lily also sees individual clients from her clinic in Chelsea and a private medical practice based in Notting Hill.