I try to write about health issues that will make what I deal with easier, as part of my Health and Wellbeing blogs.

As a small child I was encouraged to drink water, but never did, or drank very little. I never understood the reasoning, but as the adult now and having studied everything I write about, I have come to understand and know that without drinking the right amount of fluids daily, everything I do as far as my health is concerned will fall short.

Now for the science bit

The human body is made up of two-thirds water, but every day we lose around 1.5 litres, through our lungs, gut, skin and the kidneys, excreted as urine. We therefore need to replace what we lose. The recommended daily intake is between 1.5 to 2 litres (equivalent to around six to eight glasses), with another litre, for every hour’s exercise we undertake.

Water has many functions as follows:

  • It acts as a lubricant;
  • It regulates body temperature;
  • It transports toxins ready for excretion;
  • It allows the body to work at optimum level.

Not having enough water can lead to mild dehydration, problems with headaches, constipation, mental confusion and tiredness. A lack of water can also cause urinary tract infections. Because water acts as a lubricant, it allows the nutrients and supplements that we take to get to the cells, so that the immune system can continue to work at optimum level.

Drinking water throughout the day is not only important, but is an essential tool to physical and mental wellness. Filtered water or natural mineral water are both good sources. Herbal teas also act as a good lubricant, as do squashes and juices, which also count and preferably should be diluted.

Tea, coffee and cola although not recommended do count, because for every mug or glass we consume, two thirds is used as water by the body.

22 Sep, 2010

8 thoughts on “Water

  1. During the summer there is nothing like cold water to help beat the heat. I prefer water above all else. If I can’t get cold water I like ice tea.

  2. Something so simple and I’m sure everyone has been told this so many times and yet so few follow this recommendation. I for one do consume lots of fluids and water and have noticed that since doing so, my health has improved.

  3. You’re so right. I for one don’t drink enough. I drink to take my meds and supplements but other times its a soda and energy drinks, though I am drinking more than I used to. I guess that’s a step in the right direction.

    1. You’re right Lisa. At least you see and know that you could probably do more to choose better drinks to consume during your day. It’s of course a step in the right direction.

      Energy drinks are fine within moderation and are usually given to athletes to help them when they’re in training, as they are more hydrating than water… but you know yourself that soda drinks should probably be taken out of the equation! They serve no real benefit.

  4. I’m always surprised by how many people don’t drink enough water. I’ve always been involved in sports of some kind so it’s never been an issue for me. Our coaches made sure of that and now it’s just habit. I’m with you when it comes to filtered water though. I used to live in the country and we had a well so we didn’t need to filter the water since there weren’t any chemicals in it, but here at school you can definitely taste the difference.

    1. It’s surprising how when we move on to filtered water, it’s very difficult to go back to tap water. There is a big difference in the taste but filtered water is far healthier anyway!

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