A water bottle – the Cirkul – which allows you to switch between regular water and flavoured water with the click of a button is currently trending on TikTok.

The bottle itself is standard, but the flavour cartridges (with an integrated flavour dial) allow you to flavour your water sip by sip – “rotate the flavour dial to find the perfect level to please your tastebuds”. There are currently 39 flavour options, and every flavour has zero calories, all-natural flavours, and no added colours.

#cirkul currently has 16.7M views on TikTok, with many crediting the brand for helping them drink more water. However, Cirkul currently only ships to the US, meaning that we can’t get our hands on one in the UK (at least, not yet).

We questioned Dr Giuseppe Aragona, GP and Online Doctor for PrescriptionDoctor.com, to get expert advice about how much water we should be drinking and why, also providing easy actionable tips to help increase your water consumption (even without a Cirkul).

How much water should I be drinking per day?

Dr Aragona advised that “on average the amount of water you should be drinking per day is around 3.7 litres for men and 2.7 litres for women. However, this can also depend on other factors such as your lifestyle, weight, and your environment. For example, if you live in a hot country or partake in regular sport where you sweat a lot you may find that you need to drink more”.

Do soft drinks, juice, tea, coffee, etc. contribute to this?

Dr Aragona explained that “other drinks such as juice and tea can contribute to your daily fluid intake, however drinking water is more beneficial in terms of your overall hydration. The water in coffee and tea can help us meet our daily fluid needs, however caffeine does have a diuretic effect which means that it can actually cause us to lose water from the body and may promote dehydration, so it’s best to ensure you are drinking a good amount of water as well as other beverages”.

What are the benefits of drinking water?

Dr Aragona highlighted that “there are many benefits to drinking a good amount of water per day, the main ones being healthy cognitive function, carrying oxygen and nutrients to your cells, flushing out bad bacteria, preventing constipation, helping digestion, protecting organs and tissues as well as the evident benefits such as clear skin and bright eyes which are often linked to good hydration”.

What are the potential issues with not drinking enough water?

Dr Aragona warned that “the issues with long term dehydration are that it can affect a number of bodily functions and after a while may cause you to feel mentally and physically drained and tired as your body slowly starts to become dehydrated. You may not feel all there mentally, you feel lethargic, your skin feels dry and your mouth and lips may feel dry and dehydrated. Your skin may also appear less radiant and plump and fine lines may be more prominent”.

What can I do to encourage myself to drink more water?

Dr Aragona shared that “the best way to try and drink more water is to keep a large sized water bottle with you at all times of the day, this will remind you to keep drinking throughout the day. This is much easier if you have a stationary ‘office’ job as you can keep topping it up but if you have a more active job then try to ensure you are filling up your bottle a few times a day.

“A lot of people don’t enjoy the taste of water, if that’s you try adding some low sugar fruit squash to add a bit of flavour to make it more enjoyable.  You could also try adding fresh fruit to your water such as lemon, lime, cucumber, and mint, these will give the water a nice flavour whilst also acting as a detox for your body. Citrus fruits such as lemon, lime and orange are the best for this as the citrus carry antioxidants and will detoxify your body whilst you drink.”

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Disclaimer: This article is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and should not replace the relationship that exists between a patient and their existing healthcare provider. Cavendish Online are not liable or responsible for the accuracy of the advice provided by third party experts, nor for the content or operation of any third-party websites, webpages, or resources which have been linked to within this article. *Advice and information (including TikTok view stats) correct as of 05/03/2021

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