A drink of pure fresh water is a vital health and beauty aid – it helps keep the skin smooth and youthful.
But more importantly, like oxygen, it is necessary for our survival. We need to drink 4-6 glasses of water daily to maintain an adequate fluid intake. This is the minimum recommendation, bearing in mind that a healthy adult’s body eliminates approximately 2.5 Litres of water every day. However, you will require more than this if you are ill, the temperature is hot, you are exercising or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Our bodies compromise 70-75% water. It is essential for regulating body temperature as well as dissolving solids and transporting nutrients around the body, both inside and out. If you don’t drink enough water your health will probably suffer.
You may think it is obvious when you become dehydrated because you feel thirsty. But, by the time your brain send the signals to tell you to have a drink, you will have already lost quite a large amount of water from your body. So, instead of waiting until you feel thirsty, it is a good idea to acquaint yourself with the classic symptoms of water loss so that you can start the process of re-hydration before the situation becomes serious.
The symptoms include: dark, pungent urine; constipation; muscle cramps; skin feels doughy; headache; a dry mouth; lethargy; lack of concentration; and dizziness (Many of these symptoms can also be an indication of illness, so if any persist, please do not hesitate to seek medical advice).
Water is also food in most foods, in particular fruit and vegetables. These “wet” foods should supply you with up to half of your daily water needs; so eat lots of them!