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