Our body needs water or other fluids to work and function properly to avoid dehydration. Water makes up two-thirds of the weight of a healthy body.
We need water so that our blood can carry nutrients round the body and get rid of waste. To stay as healthy as possible it’s important to drink around 2 litres of water a day to replace the fluids we lose when we breathe, sweat or urinate. We do get some liquid from our food but most of it comes from the fluid we drink. Its recommended women should drink eight glasses (200ml) of water and men should drink 10 glasses (200ml) of water a day. However this factor will vary depending on the person’s size, temperature and how active they are. So remember if you’re exercising in hot weather you’ll need to increase your intake of water more so.
All drinks count toward your daily intake including hot drinks such as tea and coffee but water, milk, fruit juices and herbal teas are the healthiest. It’s best to avoid alcohol, sugary, soft and fizzy drinks as these can be high in calories and bad for your teeth.
When our bodies don’t have enough water we are said to be dehydrated. If you think you may not be drinking enough fluids check if you have the following signs of dehydration: feeling thirsty, headaches, lack of energy, feeling lightheaded, dark urine or not passing much urine when going to the toilet.
If you are feeling dehydrated increase your intake of good fluids. Water is the healthiest choice for quenching your thirst – it doesn’t contain calories or sugar. If you don’t like the taste of plain water try sparkling or add a slice of lemon or lime to add a natural flavour. If you seem to forget to drink throughout the day try to keep a bottle with you at all times so you can easily fill the bottle up with water.