Drinking water is always high on the list of healthy habits people are encouraged to adopt and with good reason. Rather than making sweeping, unsustainable changes to your life in 2019, experts recommend making small changes by introducing a new habit over a number of weeks.

Drinking 6-8 glasses of water every day will bring a host of benefits to your health but could also make a difference in cutting back on plastic and saving money. Here are 11 reasons why drinking tap water is good for you:

It keeps your body working

There is no simpler way to put it; drinking water is an elixir of life. It keeps the human body functioning correctly by moving blood around the body and maintaining the supply of oxygen to major organs including the heart and brain.

Maintains energy levels

Water maintains energy by feeding oxygen to the brain and allowing the body to work at its optimal level. If the body starts to become dehydrated fatigue and tiredness are early signals.

Reduces your waste footprint

Single-use plastic waste has been highlighted as a major problem for the environment and our lifestyles are to blame. Millions of plastic drinks bottles are thrown away every day - these can take 450 years to decompose. Drinking filtered tap water instead of bottled water can help to cut single-use plastic waste.

Water is calorie-free

Filtered tap water is deliciously calorie-free allowing for guilt-free hydration at any time of the day. To put this in perspective a glass of wine has the same calories as a slice of cake, while a pint of beer is equivalent to a slice of pizza. Enjoying a couple of alcoholic drinks could quite easily add up to the same calories as eating two meals!

Water is sugar-free

Beloved of dentists for a good reason, water is sugar-free making it the ideal choice of drink to avoid tooth decay. With more children than ever needing fillings at a young age, ensuring your children choose to drink filtered water instead of fizzy pop could really make a difference.

It saves you money

Tap water costs as little as 0.1p per litre while bottled water costs on average 84p per litre. Over the course of a month, drinking the recommended 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water every day, would cost £48 compared to just £1.71 for Doulton filtered tap water.

Water moisturises the skin

Drinking water helps to protect the elasticity of the skin as hydration maintains moisture levels. If you become dehydrated so will your skin.

Flushes out toxins

Water plays a major role in flushing toxins through the body and maintains good circulation. This impacts on general health and skin condition drinking water is even thought to help reduce cellulite.

Doulton water tastes delicious

Doulton filtered water tastes great, is good for you and is clean with up to 99.99% of contaminants removed. Enjoying more of the things we love, but that are healthy is always good for us.

Drinking water helps you to concentrate

Staying hydrated is essential to remaining mentally alert by fending off the tiredness and fatigue associated with mild dehydration. The brain is made up of 75% water so it goes without saying that hydration plays a major part in mental wellbeing.

Water helps to stave off hunger

Drinking water before, or with, a meal can help to stop you over-eating. Choosing water can also help to avoid the energy dips associated with sugar, which can then lead to snacking to try to recover energy.

Daniel Berko