Wa­ter es­sen­tial for good health

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It can be par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult dur­ing win­ter to drink the rec­om­mended daily quota of wa­ter, but drink­ing plenty of wa­ter is one of the most im­por­tant things we can do for our over­all health, and the benefits of be­ing suf­fi­ciently hy­drated are nu­mer­ous.

With our bod­ies be­ing made up of over 80 per cent wa­ter, it is cru­cial to keep the body hy­drated to en­able it to func­tion to the best of its abil­ity. The mil­lions of cells mak­ing up our body re­quire con­stant re­hy­drat­ing to func­tion ef­fi­ciently.

Hav­ing trou­ble con­cen­trat­ing, headaches, dizzi­ness, faint­ness or not feel­ing your best can all be symptoms of de­hy­dra­tion, and drink­ing a cou­ple of glasses of wa­ter should be the first thing you do to help al­le­vi­ate any of th­ese prob­lems.

The colour of your urine can also be a good in­di­ca­tor as to whether you need to drink more wa­ter. Urine should be very pale yel­low in colour and not have a strong smell of am­mo­nia. If urine is dark and has a strong odour, more wa­ter is re­quired.

Wa­ter helps to clear tox­ins and im­pu­ri­ties from your body, lead­ing to health­ier bowel, kid­ney and liver func­tion. You will find your con­cen­tra­tion span and think­ing abil­ity in­creas­ing, and the con­di­tion of your skin and hair will also im­prove. Other benefits are im­proved cir­cu­la­tion and aid­ing weight loss, which are fac­tors in pre­vent­ing other se­ri­ous health prob­lems.

Drink­ing at least eight glasses of wa­ter a day is rec­om­mended, with more re­quired if you are ill, ex­er­cis­ing, or in a hot, mois­ture­sap­ping en­vi­ron­ment. While some of us achieve this tar­get, many do not.

Many peo­ple strug­gle to drink the amount they should be­cause they feel wa­ter­logged, find it phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing to drink that much, or find it a has­sle to have to keep run­ning to the toi­let all of the time.

While this may be the case in the be­gin­ning, your body will very quickly be­come used to the ex­tra fluid, and th­ese mi­nor in­con­ve­niences will cease.

Build­ing your fluid in­take up by a glass per day is an­other way to help your body ad­just.

Find­ing wa­ter un­palat­able is also an­other rea­son why peo­ple don’t drink the re­quired amount. This can eas­ily be reme­died by adding a squeeze of lemon or or­ange juice, or by mak­ing herbal teas.

Some peo­ple ‘‘for­get to drink’’, and this can be helped by hav­ing a full wa­ter bot­tle in places you use of­ten. For ex­am­ple, hav­ing a bot­tle in the car or at your work area may help you re­mem­ber, and by tak­ing th­ese small steps, you will find that drink­ing more wa­ter be­comes a good, healthy habit very quickly.

Keep­ing up your wa­ter in­take is im­por­tant to keep your body func­tion­ing to the best of its abil­ity.

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