By John Martin
Liverpool is the first local authority to highlight high sugar levels in drinks popular with children in a campaign to improve children’s dental health.
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The organisation said around 2,000 children in Liverpool will have teeth removed by the age of five.
Cut-out boards highlighting the amounts of sugar levels in drinks will be placed in children’s centres, doctors’ surgeries, health centres and hospitals across Liverpool.
Water company United Utilities endorses the approach to help support making healthier choices. A spokesperson from the company said: “swapping sugar drinks for tap water has many health benefits and is a great way for not only children to say well hydrated, but we all should aim to drink more water.”
Drinking around two litres a day can improve your physical and mental wellbeing, help you lose weight and make you more attractive (really!)
Protecting your teeth is one fantastic health benefit. Here are seven more reasons why you should reach for that glass of tap water:
- Lose weight: a recent study by the University of Birmingham found that people who drank water 30 minutes before meals lost more weight than those that didn't. The water, so the theory goes, takes up tummy room, making you feel fuller and less hungry. Has to be worth a try!
- Detox: a curly kale and oxygen smoothie for breakfast is all well and good, but don't forget that the humble glass of tap water is brilliant at flushing out toxins and preventing kidney stones and urinary infections.
- Reduce wrinkles: water moisturises your skin and is arguably the best anti-ageing treatment on the market. Remember that before you shell out for fancy miracle creams!
- Boosts your immune system: water can help you fend off viruses, by boosting your immune system. Man flu? Pah!
- Natural headache remedy: headaches are often caused by dehydration, ergo, plenty of water means fewer 'not tonight darling' moments.
- Beat the snack attacks: when you are dehydrated, your body will often tell you you're hungry. Try a glass of water to beat those cravings.
- Boost your concentration: water helps you think and focus more effectively, and keeps you feeling energised.