Water, water everywhere, but how much do you drink?

Every summer I end up with heat stroke a couple of times and I frequently get headaches. I suspect this is due to me finding the taste of water boring and really disliking the flavour of water when I am away from home. I just don't drink enough. Have you noticed tap water tastes differently throughout the UK and very differently abroad? There are even some bottled waters I don't like the taste of.

A 4 year old girl in a Wonderwoman cape and minnie mouse dress standing in front of a yellow and green Little Tikes play house

I don't want to give you the impression that I have a refined palate. I'm fairly sure I wouldn't be able to tell you the difference between a £5 bottle of red and a £50 one. I think I just get used to the same things tasting the same way. It's the reason I normally groan when I see a product label saying "new improved recipe!"

To try and keep me drinking when I'm at home I drink squash, anything else is an expensive habit and can be too high in sugar. Unsurprisingly M has copied this and apart from in her beaker at night she will normally drink squash too.

The Robinsons #EnjoyMoreWater challenge got me thinking: how much do M and I drink each day? I will give M a drink every time she asks for one, but like most 4 year olds she is often so busy playing she forgets basic needs and isn't likely to notice until she is really thirsty.

How much should we be drinking? There doesn’t seem to be a simple answer to that. The amount will vary depending on the temperature, our size and how active we are. The NHS Eat Well guide says to have 6 to 8 glasses a day, but I'm not sure what size a glass is meant to be. Generally advice seems to be drink 2 to 3 litres a day. For children advice is even more mixed and confusing, but logically they should drink less than an adult. As I'm breastfeeding I need to have plenty of water to ensure I have a good supply of milk. When you start feeding your baby and you are wondering whether they are getting enough you are asked: "do they have plenty of wet and dirty nappies?". The same advice seem sensible for hydration in older people too. No I don't mean we should all start wearing nappies, but if we go to the toilet regularly and our wee isn't too concentrated we are probably getting enough (the colour of champagne is apparently about right).

Pink ikea plastic glass on shelf next to a tall glass glass in front of patio windows

So how much are we drinking? Over the course of 2 weeks M and I tried our best to record how much we drank.
First thing I had to do was measure our glasses. I normally have 300ml in each glass and handily enough my mugs of tea are the same size. M has a smaller cup which I only half fill to prevent too much water damage if it is knocked over so she has about 100ml a time.
Next we recorded each drink we had: M on a colourful chart from Robinsons and me on a far more boring piece of paper.

We didn't worry about what M had at nursery, but the final results showed unsurprisingly I often don't drink enough, especially when out and about. M is having about 6 cups a day, but given how active she is I don't think this is enough.

To try and increase how much M has to drink I left a jug of water available for her as well as the range of Robinsons Squash'd we were sent to try. This meant she could help herself whenever she wanted and have fun choosing the flavour from: Summer Fruits, Apple & Blackcurrant, Lemon & Lime, Passion Fruit & Mango, Citrus and Orange & Peach. When she's running around the garden she now doesn't have to wait for us to make her a drink she can just help herself.

A small red table with 6 Robinsons squash'd bottles, a clear plastic jug of water and a pink cup

M and I have come up with a list of 10 things which are more fun to do with water than drink it as it comes from the tap. We are hoping to complete them all over the summer (some like having a bath may happen more than once):

  • Having a bath
  • Paddling in the sea
  • Splashing about playing washing up
  • Going in a paddling pool
  • Water balloons 
  • Discovering what floats and what sinks
  • Ice painting
  • Jumping in puddless
  • Swimming 
  • Dancing in the rain

***Disclosure:This post is an entry for Britmums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons.
Robinsons launched the Enjoying Drinking More Water campaign in January 2016 with the aim to get Brits drinking more. Squash'd are great because each little bottle makes 20 drinks and they can easily fit in your bag to be taken out with you.***

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