Feeling a little bit thirsty? How does a nice cool glass of water sound right about now? One of the most fundamental things for us (as well as all life on earth!), water is absolutely essential to our wellbeing. In a world of soft drinks, juices and caffeinated drinks, it can be easy to forget about the humble h2o. Are you getting enough? Why is it so important? Our friends at Hillmotts take a look…
More than just a thirst-quencher!
Well, put simply, water keeps every part of your body working properly! Without it, our bodies would not be able to carry out the millions of functions it has to do every day. From hydrating us, flushing out waste and maintaining temperature, water makes up around 60% of our bodies! If it’s been a hot day, or you’ve not had a drink for a while you will need to replace lost fluids in order to stay feeling fine.
All liquids help you stay hydrated, but the best will always be water. Fruit juices and other drinks may contain some water, but when mixed with sugars and other ingredients you may still be thirsty afterwards. Even though teas and coffees contain water, this is counteracted by the caffeine so don’t use it as a substitute! It’s not just drinks; you can also get water through food! Some fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water, such as watermelon, cucumber and lettuce.
How much water do you need to drink every day?
A common recommendation is to drink six or eight 8-ounce glasses of water or other fluid every day. This might seem a lot, but if you drink a glass of water every now and then, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you reach the recommended amount. Some adults may need more or less, depending on their own size, weight, activity levels and immediate environment.
You may need to drink more water than usual if you:
- Exercise intensely, especially in a hot climate.
- Are sick, such as with the flu or have a health problem like a urinary tract infection
- Are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Benefits of drinking water
Other than staying alive (pretty important for good health!) there are some other benefits to drinking water, including:
- Helps you control calories and fills you up if you are on a controlled diet.
- Great for keeping your skin healthy and soft - dehydration leads to cracked and wrinkled skin.
- Water energizes muscles and keeps you limber and alert.
- Helps support your immune system.
- Prevents headaches, which are a symptom of dehydration.
- It’s great for the kidneys, helping regulate waste and bodily functions.
By now you’ve probably realised that you’re thirsty! Go to the nearest tap, water-cooler or cascading alpine waterfall and drink down some cool, refreshing water!