Updated: Feb 21
It’s free and easily accessible, yet so many people do not drink enough water?
As adults, our bodies are made up of approximately 55-60% water, yet many of us don’t fully understand the importance of keeping hydrated. Water is essential for the health and well-being of every system within our bodies and keeps our vital organs, including the heart and brain, working effectively. It moves nutrients and oxygen around the body, helps us to flush out waste products and even lubricates our joints. Dehydration occurs when we don’t take on board sufficient water to compensate for fluids that we are losing through breathing, sweating and digestion, and in addition to making us feel thirsty, dehydration can also result in headaches, tiredness, light-headedness and confusion.
Are you well Hydrated with enough water?
If you are well hydrated, you should be urinating frequently, and your urine should be a pale straw colour. Dark urine and going several hours without needing the toilet are signs that you need to drink more liquids. Understanding just how important good hydration is for us is the key to ensuring we make it a priority in our everyday life.
Water is essential metabolism
Toxins that we ingest are flushed from our bodies via the kidneys and via the bowel. Without sufficient water, our kidneys are unable to work efficiently, and we risk illness from conditions such as kidney stones and urine infections. Our digestive system needs water to move food through the bowel, taking nutrients through our bodies. Poor hydration means that this process works slower and less efficiently which means that we can become constipated – this slowing of our metabolism ultimately means that the body is burning fewer calories, so by upping our intake of water we can help to boost metabolism, flush out waste, help the body to stop retaining water and help to reduce weight by boosting energy.