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Water is vital for life. And, the benefits of keeping our reserves topped up are not just skin deep. Making up 45-75% of a person’s body weight, it’s not surprising that a drop in levels can impact on our health, vitality and performance.
It’s commonly recommended we aim for 8 glasses or 2 litres of water per day. There is actually little science to support this claim, but we know enough about its function within our bodies to understand that we’d be struggling without it. In fact, most of us have probably experienced some of the more minor symptoms of dehydration first hand.
It transports essential nutrients around our bodies and into our cells, regulates body temperature, lubricates the joints and internal organs and can help keep blood pressure low and the heart healthy. It also aids absorption and excretion of important biomolecules our bodies need to perform the daily functions we take for granted every day. Just small deficits can impact physical performance and cognitive function.
If you’re not sure how much you need, dehydration signs to look out for include headaches, dizziness, tiredness, thirst and dry mouth, dark coloured and strong smelling urine, dry skin and constipation. Doesn’t sound great does it?
Of all the things we can do to stay healthy – get more sleep, exercise, eat more vegetables, water is amazing in its simplicity. Straight from the tap, it’s so cheap, easy & accessible. A convenience to be grateful for.
This article was written with the support and guidance of Registered Nutritional Therapist, Sarah Ormerod of Thryve Nutrition (mBANT, CNHC).