As children, we may not always be encouraged to drink water, but without drinking the right amount of fluids daily, everything we do as far as our 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 kidneys, excreted as urine. We therefore must 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. Water acts as a lubricant and allows the nutrients and supplements that we take to get to the cells, so that our immune system can continue to work at optimum level.
Drinking water throughout the day is not only important, but it’s essential to physical and mental wellness. Filtered water or natural mineral water are both good sources. Herbal teas are also good, as are 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.