H20, Eau, Voda, Agua, Viz or just plain old Water
Just a quick blog about the importance of water, especially now the weather is beginning to warm up.
Over the past few weeks, there have been an increasing number of people coming to the Clinic and complaining of headaches, tiredness and muscle aches and pains. They all have one thing in common – THEY DON’T DRINK ENOUGH WATER!
About 60 percent of your body weight is water. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. It can also cause headaches, constipation, lack of concentration, muscle aches/pains and kidney infections.
You should be aiming to drink at least 2 litres of fluids daily, including caffeine-free teas and coffee. Water should be sipped throughout the day, not gulped down, and ideally at room temperature, not freezing cold. If your job is labour-intensive, or you do lots of exercise, then more fluids are required.
When I advise people to increase their water intake, they say “but I don’t like it”, to which I reply, “you don’t have to like it, just drink it. You’re not drinking battery acid or sewage, it’s just water, for goodness sake!”