The human body consists of two-thirds water. Water is essential nutrient that is involved in every function of the body. It helps transport nutrients and waste products in and out of cells. It is necessary for all digestive, absorption, circulatory, and excretory functions, as well as for the utilization of the water-soluble vitamins. It is also needed for the maintenance of proper body temperature.
As an average our body consumes 250ml of water on a daily basis for breathing. Nutritionists have difficulty in suggesting an exact daily requirement because the amount of water required will vary depending on the climate and type of work.
Drink at least eight glasses of water each day. The more active you are, the more water you need to replenish lost fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, because by the time you feel thirsty, you have probably lost two or more cups of your total body water composition.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Convenience is a must, so carry a bottle of water with you as you commute to work, run errands or enjoy a day at the beach. While at work, keep a bottle of water on your desk, or visit the office water cooler often.
Once you start exercising, drink water throughout your workout. Keep a bottle of water with you and take frequent water breaks. Don’t underestimate the amount of fluids lost from perspiration.
Start and end your day with water. Your body loses water while you sleep, so drink a serving before bed and again when you wake up. Common colds and the flu frequently lead to dehydration. Keep a large bottle of water next to your bed so you can sip it throughout the day without having to get up.
Cold water is the best fluid to keep hydrated when it’s warm outside. This will be absorbed much more quickly than warm fluids and may help to cool off your overheated body. If you’re going to be away from home or outdoors, make sure you keep a bottle of water close by.
It is essential for children to drink enough water as they need water to balance their intake of other beverages, especially during outdoor activities. It would appear that most people do not drink enough water. The classic signs and symptoms include, we need to keep watching these symptoms to take care ourselves.
- Poor concentration
- Increased risk of developing kidney infections, and Constipation.