Water is essential for life and to be healthy it’s important you get the right amount of fluid daily. However I often get asked questions like – do I really need to drink 8 glasses of water on top of my tea and coffee?
Will it just make me go for a wee more?
Let’s start with the basics –
Why do we need water?
Our bodies are made up of 2/3 water, so it’s really important we consume enough fluid daily to stay hydrated and healthy.
Not having enough fluid can cause headaches, tiredness, lethargy, poor resistance to bugs and colds!
Water regulates normal cognitive functions, normal physical functions and normal thermoregulation of the body.
How much water do I need to drink?
Fluid requirements are specific to the individual, their age, size, level of activity, time of year, job etc.
There are a lot of varying recommendations, but as a general rule, 2.5litres for men and 2 litres for women.
How can I tell if I am dehydrated?
Do you have any of these symptoms? A possible cause could be dehydration.
Dark yellow or brown urine
Dry, sticky mouth
Few or no tears when crying
Sleepiness or tiredness
Children may be less active than usual.
What’s the best thing to drink?
Water is the best choice! It doesn’t have any calories and is free if you drink tap water.
If you find it tough to drink just water and want a tastier drink then one way to make water more exciting is to add slices of lime, orange or lemon. Cucumber is also nice. It gives the water a fragrance and taste that makes it much more interesting
Remember tea, coffee and alcohol are diuretics, so limit your intake of these during the day, and ensure you drink water whilst having a meal and wine.
Can you drink too much fluid?
It is certainly possible but very rare. Keep and eye on how often you are going to the toilet and if your urine is very pale this may mean you are drinking a little too much.
However you will naturally go to the toilet a little more, whilst your body gets used to the new intake of fluid.
So, get yourself a 2 litre bottle of water and fill it up to 7/8ths full and place in freezer over night, take it out first thing in morning and sip water throughout the day as it defrosts.
I challenge you to try this for a month and see how much better you feel.