Eating healthy with a balance of fruits, vegetables, proteins, vitamins, and all that other good stuff and exercising regularly can help you avoid an early death. But you can also add years to your life with the right amount of fluid intake. Put down the sugary drinks, your much-loved coffee and your wine and drink more water.

As we age, remaining hydrated becomes increasingly difficult, making drinking a good amount of water each day crucial to a long, healthy life. Depending on your age, gender, weight, activity levels and environmental climate your requirements will change. As a rule of thumb, its recommended women drink around two litres each day, and men two and a half litres.

A lot of our daily water intake, around 20 percent, comes from fluid naturally in our diet – for example soups, yoghurt and water content in fruit and vegetables. So what you should be aiming for is at least around six to eight glasses of water a day.

Proper hydration is essential to help your body operate better for a longer amount of time. Super-hydrating and calorie-free, try drinking a little more water each day and enjoy feeling more refreshed, focused, awake, relaxed and watch the condition of your skin, hair and nails improve greatly.

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