Do we drink enough water?

Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being, but many people do not consume enough fluids each day.

  • Adult humans are 60 percent water, and our blood is 90 percent water.
  • There is no universally agreed quantity of water that must be consumed daily.
  • Water is essential for the kidneys and other bodily functions.
  • When dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.
  • Drinking water instead of soda can help with weight loss.

What happens when you don’t drink enough water?-

Not drinking enough water can make you very ill. Severe dehydration can lead to dizziness and collapse. If you are showing any signs of dehydration, drink some water straight away and seek medical advice if you still don’t feel better.Older people are at greater risk of dehydration because they naturally feel less thirsty and their kidneys may not work as well. Memory problems, taking some medicines such as diuretics and laxatives and not being able to move around to fetch a drink all make it harder to stay hydrated.For older people, not drinking enough water in the long term can lead to serious problems such as constipation, a decline in memory, not being able to function as well, having a fall, and having a stroke.

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Benefits of  drinking water.

  • It lubricates the joints It forms saliva and mucus
  • It delivers oxygen throughout the body
  • It boosts skin health and beauty
  • It cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
  • It regulates body temperature
  • The digestive system depends on it
  • It flushes body waste
  • It helps maintain blood pressure
  • It makes minerals and nutrients accessible
  • It prevents kidney damage
  • It boosts performance during exercise
  • Weight loss

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Recommended intake

The Australian guidelines recommend consumption of the following amounts of fluids (including plain water, milk and other drinks such as tea and coffee) per day:

  • adult men: 2.6 L/day (roughly 10 cups);

  • adult women: 2.1 L/day (roughly 8 cups);

  • pregnant women aged 14-18: 1.8 L/day;

  • pregnant women aged 19 to 50: 2.3 L/day;

  • breastfeeding women aged 14-18: 2.3 L/day;

  • breastfeeding women aged 19-50: 2.6 L/day.

Some water will also come from solid foods. Most fruits and vegetables consist of 80-90% water and even lean cooked meat is 50-60% water.

Let’s drink more water that many of benefits for our body and better quality of life.