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Are you drinking enough?

We all know that we are supposed to drink water to keep us healthy, but how much to we really need to drink and why is it important?

The human body is made up of about 75% water. This is inside the cells that make up our bodies. The water is needed for everyday cell processes that keep our bodies going. It’s also used in the control of temperature (sweating), flushing away toxins from the body (urination) and in transporting oxygen to different parts of the body (respiration).

And very importantly this water acts as a lubricant in out joints, so helps keep them healthy and mobile.

So how much water do we need to drink? And with the weather getting warmer, do we need to drink more?

On a normal day it is best to drink 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated. This is not just water but includes hot and soft drinks as well, we also get some fluid from the food we eat. For those that don’t like plane water, flavoured squash is a good alternative. Or my personal favourite: cut up fruit in water, like oranges or lemons, or a few mint leaves– YUMMY!

In hot weather a good rule is to steadily increase from the normal fluid intake, so that you do not feel thirsty for long periods. Passing clear urine (wee) is a good sign that you're well hydrated.

Some of the early warning signs of dehydration include:

  • Feeling thirsty and lightheaded
  • A dry mouth
  • Tiredness
  • Having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine
  • Passing urine less often than usual

So enjoy the summer weather and keep hydrated to stay healthy.

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