Water essential for good health
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.