Good water consumption is essential to survival. Our bodies are made up of mostly water with 85% of our brain, 80% of our blood and 70% of the muscles in our body being made up of it. Despite water being a huge factor in our lives, most people are not drinking enough water to be properly hydrated.
Water is so readily available that not drinking enough seems implausible! Water is free pretty much wherever you go, whether you are at home, work and a cafe, free water is available. So why are people failing to drink enough water?
The answer to this maybe that people don’t know how much water we need. Studies on the subject provide conflicting research on the topic. One time we are being told to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day, and the next time we are being told we don’t need as much.
Recent studies conducted by the European Food Safety Authority concluded that the average male needs 2.5 litres of water a day while the average female needs 2 litres of water a day.
Meanwhile the BBC has concluded that a reasonably inactive adult loses approximately 2 litres of water a day. This water needs to be replaced with liquids, which doesn’t have to be plain water. Excluding alcohol, any drink can replace this lost water. This includes tea and coffee, which are often thought to dehydrate the body as they contain caffeine. Food helps to lower the number of lost litres as it replenishes about 1/3rd of the lost water.
Litres not replaced, leads to the body becoming dehydrated, which causes several side effects. Other than being thirsty, people may experience dizziness, tiredness, headaches, reduced urine production, irritability and even insomnia.
So how can you make sure you are properly hydrated? Here are some easy steps:
• Don’t use the bottled water option, instead you should invest in a water dispenser or water purifier. Water dispensers are not only eco-friendly, but they are cost effective in the long run as well. Water purifiers give you that bottled water taste and you can dispense either hot or cold water.
• Take with you a container that holds recommended allowances of water. This way you can know how much water you have consumed and how much you need.
• Consume foods with high water content like watermelon, watermelons are 92% water!
• Flavour can be added by squeezing lemon and limes to your water!
We all know that drinking water is essential, so there has never been a better time to invest in a water purifier? No longer should you turn to bottled water as although convenient, it is not eco-friendly. Did you know that in the production of one bottle of water over 160 grams of oil and staggering 7 litres of water, is required just for production! Water dispensers and purifiers give you the same taste as bottled water without all the environmental hazards, plus you will save money in the long run. The most used eco-friendly option for having chilled filtered water at home required the use of a water jug. While these are still great option, new technology means that water dispensers are more efficient than ever and you can now get home water dispensers that filter, chill, and boil water instantly. These dispensers and purifiers are the best way to stay properly hydrated while also saving money!