We all know that water is essential to good health. We also know that people have different levels of thirst, so I guess the question is “are you drinking enough water?”
This sounds like the same answer to the question “how long is a piece of string?” Not quite.
We actually all have to drink water every day and no formula fits everybody’s water needs. Even those who tell you they never drink water, must take in some fluids to keep their bodies healthy.
Individual water needs depend on many factors including your health, how active you are and where you live. Here in Durban, it is necessary for most people to drink more water than for instance people living in Johannesburg.
Over the course of an average day, we do multiple tasks and important daily activities. We get to work on time; get the kids to school with clean clothes and lunch and mostly remember to fill up the car. But many of us forget one very important thing: to drink the essential amount of water needed to keep us healthy.
You’ve probably heard the advice, “Drink eight 8 glasses of water a day.” That’s easy to remember, and it’s a reasonable goal even if you drink a bit less.
If you do the calculations, most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. And if you drink water before you are thirsty, you are better off.
Role of Water
Water makes up more than half the weight of the human body and all cell and organ functions depend on water to operate. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps muscles and joints working, and helps cleanse toxins from your body.
Staying hydrated also helps balance your blood sugar, helps relieve headaches, and promotes healthy skin.
Water regulates our body temperature through perspiration and it helps to alleviate constipation by moving food through the intestinal tract and thereby eliminating waste.
Dehydration can lead to kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
Dehydration can be Dangerous
Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair mood, memory and brain performance.
If we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer, especially during intense exercise or high heat.
Intense thirst isn’t the only sign that you should drink more water. In fact, by the time you’re thirsty, you may have already entered into the dangerous territory of dehydration. If you are working out, drink water before, during and after your workout.
Chronic dehydration could cause decreased kidney function, dizziness, and contribute to diseases, such as diabetes and, in the most severe cases, death
Other Sources of Water
You don’t need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides fluids. For example, many fruits and vegetables, like watermelon, cucumber and spinach, are almost 100 percent water by weight.
In addition, beverages like milk, juice and herbal teas count as water. Even caffeinated drinks —like coffee and soda — can contribute to your daily water intake.
But water is your best bet to always ensure you stay hydrated because it’s calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.
At Household Plastic we stock a selection of ranges of water bottles to suit all styles and pockets. Buy a few bottles and always keep one in the fridge. That way you can grab a bottle of cold water when you leave home. PS. While you are keeping up with drinking water, make sure your pets get plenty of fresh clean water too.