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Water

Water is the major component of the body. On average a persons body weight is made up of between 50 to 75% water.

Why drink water?

Organs need it to function
Assists in the absorption, secretion and circulation
Used in building and repair for body
Assists in regulation of body temperature
Lubricates the body's moving parts
Transports oxygen form the blood to the cells
Removes waste products

We must have a balanced water intake and output. Salt has a major effect on how much water we need to consume. An increase in sweating or in very hot climates we should take more water on board.

How much water should we take in each day?

About 6 - 8 pints should be sufficient for an average person

What happens if I don't get enough water?

Dehydration - this is water is lost and then not adequately replaced. So to avoid dehydration:

Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink - make a conscious effort to grab a glass of water at every opportunity
Sip water throughout exercise
Avoid over dressing (with clothes not salad dressing!)
Reduce tea and coffee intake as these are diuretics

But how - I don't like water?

Get a big bottle and ensure you finish it by the end of the day
Have 6 small bottles and have them all over the place - i.e. handbag, car, by the bed, in the office, in the kitchen and get used to carrying one with you if you are going for a walk
Add a splash of juice or squash if you can't bear the taste of water
Chill a jug in the fridge overnight as the chlorine will evaporate