It’s astonishing how many of us are walking around dehydrated.
Chronic tiredness, headaches and constipation are common symptoms that may be caused by deficiency in water intake. Do you suffer from these?
More serious effects can be electrolyte imbalances, muscle spasms, weakness, and irregular heartbeat.
A healthy body should urinate regularly during the day, and urine should be pale yellow coloured. If you notice you don’t pass urine very often and your urine is dark yellow or amber coloured, your water intake may be too low. It is a good practice to always glance into the toilet and have a look at the colour of your pee as a regular check!
Water is a most important element of our diet. Sixty-five to 70 per cent of your body is made up of water. Water is vital in aiding all our bodily processes. Water facilitates our bowels to be regular, our brains to function clearly; it also plays a key role in regulating our body temperature and our energy levels to be normal. It helps transport all important hormones and sugar around our body to our cells.
Dr Craig Hassed in his book The Essence of Health advises; “aim to drink at least 1.5 – 2 litres of fluid per day, at least half of which should be plain water. Sweet drinks provide no hydration benefit and should be avoided. Drinks which have a diuretic effect (making us want to go to the toilet to pass urine), such as alcohol, do not provide much hydration effect…”
Filtered water is considered best. Australian leading nutritionist and author, Cyndi O’Meara, says in her book Changing Habit Changing Lives; “The water that comes out of our taps is not like the fresh clean water of a mountain stream or the filtered water within organic fruits and vegetables. The water from the tap usually has many additives. The additives come from many sources, from the council who add chlorine and fluoride, to the dangerous chemicals from farms where there is runoff into our dams. Recycled waste can also be in the water supply, and the list goes on.
To get rid of most of these additives, get yourself a water filter. Even though it requires some capital outlay, they are well worth it. I would rather have a water filter doing most of the work than allowing my kidneys and the rest of my body to do it. Wear out the water filter, not your body. Make sure you use this filtered water in cooking as well as drinking.”
- Place a jug of filtered water on your kitchen bench to remind you to drink adequate water each day.
- Carry a water bottle with you at all times to encourage better hydration.
- Research about water filters. Find out about the different types. Decide if you might like to purchase a water filter.
- Consider keeping a daily record of how much water you drink to track your intake. Aim for an average of 1.5 – 2 litres per day, (unless special circumstances warrant more or less).