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  Drinking Water - The Basics

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Can drinking more water really change your life?  

We've all heard a thousand times that having 8 glasses of water a day is a must. This week, we’ll look into why, how, and what counts? We’ll explore how drinking more water really can change your life, help you work out how much water you need and give you some tips to help you get there.

The basics

Water is essential for human life, second only to oxygen, and it is the most important nutrient in the human diet because about two thirds of our bodies consist of water. This makes it critical for almost every bodily process, click here for some examples. You could potentially go for over a month without food but not for more than 3 days without water. 

Staying hydrated is important for optimal health and wellbeing at every level. Dehydration, on the other hand, can lead to a range of problems such as:

  • Tiredness, brain fog, difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness, light-headedness
  • Headaches
  • Decreased urine output or very dark urine
  • Excessive thirst, dry mouth or dry eyes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Serious kidney problems

And the list goes on...

How much water should I have? 

Everyone has individualised needs for water, but a good rule of thumb is around 1.5 - 2 litres a day for adults, and slightly less for children depending on weight and age.  

Keep in mind that other factors, for example hot weather, pregnancy, and high levels of physical activity, all increase the amount required.

What counts as "Water"? 

Everyone needs some pure water every day but the following can also count towards your recommended daily intake:

  • Vegetables with a high water content, like tomatoes
  • Herbal teas
  • Broths and other liquids