Water plays an important role in your total wellness.
Water comprises 50 to 70 per cent of an adult's total body
weight, and without regular top-ups, our body's survival time is limited to a
matter of hours or days.
Water is lost from the body through urine and sweat, and
must be replaced through our diets.
Many people, though, don't consume enough
and as a result may become dehydrated, causing symptoms such as headaches,
tiredness and loss of concentration. Chronic dehydration can contribute to a
number of health problems, such as constipation and kidney stones.
How much do we need?
The body gets its water from three sources:
either plain water or as part of other beverages.
foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
As a by-product
of chemical reactions within the body.
Most leading experts advise that the average adult should
consume 2.5 litres of water per day. Of this, 1.8 litres - the equivalent of
six to seven glasses of water per day - must be obtained directly from
beverages. This should be increased during periods of hot weather or during and
after periods of physical activity.
How to achieve your daily water intake?
Start with a glass of water when you wake.
Keep a jug of fresh water on your desk so it's within easy
reach to top your glass up throughout the day.
Carry a bottle of water so you can have a drink whenever you
Increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables; they
have high water content as well as many other health benefits.
"To the people of poor nations, we
pledge to work alongside you to make
your farms flourish and LetCleanWatersFlow, to nourish starved
bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy
relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to
suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources
without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change
with it". Source: President Obama, Inaugural Speech, January 20, 2009, Washington, DC, USA.