2 in 3 Aussies aren’t doing this enough and it has some big health implications 75



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Water is something that we all need – it is a fact of life. And now more than ever we have access to it everywhere. At the shops, at home, in parks and along bikeways. Between bottles, bubblers and taps, it is everywhere but a study by Thermos Australia has found that less than one third of us (29%) are actually drinking the right amount of water a day.

Dehydration is becoming increasingly common and this has some bad side effects… 69% of respondents noticed feeling dehydrated when they hadn’t had enough water, around 57% had headaches and 44% experienced exhaustion. It has also previously been found to have negative effects on your mood and it makes us a lot less productive.

According to the Daily Mail, a study from the University of Barcelona found that dehydration of just 2% impairs performance of the simplest tasks like throwing a ball or writing.

So how can we slowly increase our own intake of water without feeling overwhelmed? Here’s some tips to help you…

  • Keep a bottle with you all day and top it up when you’re near a tap
  • If you don’t like the flavour, try infusing it with mint leaves, strawberries or lime for a delicious kick.
  • Try drinking herbal teas twice a day.
  • Have water bottles ready to go in the fridge so it is easier to pull one out and start drinking than it is to sit down and pick up a soft drink.
  • Drink at least one tall glass of water with each meal you eat.


Do you think you are drinking enough water? How do you make sure you’re drinking enough? 

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. NOT impressed with the abuse I got in here trying to defend the website owners over that Katter Post.. The letter was a hoax made in the USA 2 years ago..I don’t and never will condone any abuse against women be it physical or verbal and will say something if it occurs, all I got was abuse directed at me and Libbi Elliot and lies told please read this article http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/katter-hits-back-at-viral-emails-20120115-1pz57.html

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    • I agreed with Katters made up sentiment, some points were good..it just the abuse I don’t like for trying to stop abuse to someone else

    • Thank you both for exposing these extremists. Propaganda continues in this enlightened age and don’t people fall for it big time. Scary stuff.

  2. Oh..what did this response have to do with drinking water?

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    • I am not a dish rag..if I am abused by anyone I will say something at the next opportunity and report it to facebook

    • Sometimes one has to digress just to get a message through. As unfortunate as the reason for the digression. I for one was appalled at this form of propaganda reaching our country.

  3. Thanks Rebecca for the reminder to drink more water. I’m definitely guilty of not drinking enough. I tend to grab a soft drink, tea, coffee or any other form of liquid I can find over something that is obviously so much more healthier for us.

  4. In Melbourne’s west our water has chlorine and fluoride added, it smells terrible. I have been filtering it for about 15 years.

  5. I try to drink , but I am not a drinker, I have to make myself drink 2 litres of water a day..I don’t seem to have the desire to drink gene lol

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    • I agree. I have to force myself to drink. I usually manage a hot water with lemon in the morning and a cup of green tea a day. And, I have a 600ml bottle of water beside me all day and try and force myself to drink it. But it’s hard.

  6. I drink about 1.5 litres a day or more if really hot drink more water than soft drink which I limit to about 2 cans a day

  7. Try for 2 litres every day, if I am struggling have a fruity cold tea caffeine free just for a change, I carry my one litre drink bottle with me gives me an idea of where I am at!!! Actually feel it when I don’t drink it, sort of feel ‘shrivelled’ ha ha can’t drink it cold usually have boiled water and half cold so ends up luke warm!!!

  8. Well I don’t know. My generation weren’t brought up to drink all this water and it didn’t seem to have any negative effects on me, my parents or grandparents, none of whom ever drank water.
    All my life I have never bothered with it, in fact I can’t stand the stuff. I do make an effort though due to all the “bullying” from everywhere to “drink x glasses of water a day”, which is a relatively modern idea.
    Great money spinner for the bottled water manufacturers!! Hhmmmmm

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    • I totally agree. Yes we need water to survive but I doubt we need as much as they say we do. If you drink tea or other water based beverages you are still taking in water.

    • Totally agree. I think this is a myth spread by the bottled water companies. Like animals, we should drink when thirsty. It can actually be dangerous to drink too much.

    • Wow Christina McDonald I’ve always said that! You’re the first person that hasn’t laughed at me! (About it being propaganda spread by the bottled water companies). Thank you!

  9. I drink water all day and a bit through the night in this very hot, humid time, I also have some electrolytes everyday and this helps

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