Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Drink more water to boost your metabolism, Scottish scientist says

Staying hydrated ensures our bodies work properly.

We all know that it’s important for us to drink enough water each day.

But many of us don’t achieve the recommended daily target, or know why it’s so essential for our health. 

This week, as part of our Wellbeing Wednesday series, we’re talking to Dr Sarah Cottin, a lecturer in nutritional sciences about why it’s important to stay hydrated.

She talks to us about the role of water in our bodies, whether it can help with weight loss and why it’s important to make sure our children and elderly relatives also drink enough each day.

Why is water important for our bodies?

Dr Cottin explains that water is essential for many biological functions.

It helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to our organs and lowers the risk of high blood pressure.

Staying hydrated also aids digestion and the absorption of nutrients.

“It is essential for the life of every organism and makes up about 60% of our bodies,” Dr Cottin says.

“We can survive a few weeks without food but we can’t survive without water after only a few days.”

Reasons to drink more water.

How can we tell if we’re dehydrated?

Thirst is usually the first thing you’ll notice when you’re dehydrated. But Dr Cottin also recommends checking your urine to see if it is darker than normal.

If you’re going to the bathroom less often you might also need to drink more.

And you could also feel a bit dizzy or light-headed and feel tired.

Dr Cottin said: “Children may forget to drink water and not realise they’re thirsty so it’s important to check – and this is also the case for older people.”

It’s important to help children drink enough water each day.

Can water help with weight loss?

There is some evidence that drinking water can help with weight loss, but this is mostly when it is associated with dieting.

Drinking more fluids before a meal, or during, can help you feel fuller but Dr Cottin says it can also boost your metabolism as well.

It’s important for so many body functions that the more hydrated you are, the better your body will work, and this could include how you burn fat.

Why do we get tired if we don’t drink enough?

The British Nutrition Foundation recommends that we drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.

If we don’t drink enough we can start to suffer from fatigue and this is because of all the roles water has to make our bodies run efficiently.

One of its most important functions is delivering oxygen and nutrients to the right place in our bodies.

“Your heart is also going to need to work much harder to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your organs if you don’t have enough water in your body because your blood volume is smaller,” Dr Cottin, of Abertay University, said.

Dr Sarah Cottin says drinking water helps boost our metabolism.

What if we’re not keen on the taste of water?

There are plenty of other drinks we can enjoy to make sure we’re drinking enough fluids.

We can try fruit juice, squash, smoothies, or even drink tea and coffee in moderation.

Although Dr Cottin warns that we should make sure we’re not having too many sugary drinks.

“I would try to keep it varied, but still drink plain water,” she recommends.

“If you find water a bit too boring you can always add a slice of cucumber, mint or lemon to make it a bit more interesting and then you’ll still keep your water intake up.”


More health news…

What to do if you’re stressed out with work and feel like you need a new job? 

How blackcurrants can help when you feel stiff and sore after a workout

Gynaecologist’s tips for boosting your bone health during menopause

Baby loss: Aberdeen charities remind parents they are not alone 

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]