We all know we should be drinking plenty of water, but how many of us actually drink the recommended daily amount? Pictured above is approximately four pints of water (around 2 litres) which is what has been suggested adults need to consume everyday to keep healthy.
I’m not going to lie, I am terrible when it comes to remembering to stay hydrated and then I wonder why I’m suffering with a headache or feeling tired. In my efforts to change this habit, I thought I’d do a post about water and its importance.
- Your brain consists of 90% water
- Your entire body is anywhere from 55-78% water depending on your size
- Muscle consists of 75% water
- Blood consists of 83% water
Now can you see why you feel horrendous if you don’t drink enough? Studies show that if you are feeling thirsty, you are already in the minor stages of dehydration. It has also been proved that when you are thirsty sometimes it gives you that feeling of hunger, so you may be snacking on extra calories when really you just need a drink!
Just some of the benefits of water
- Regulates body temperature
- Transports nutrients and oxygen into our cells
- Protects and moisturises our joints
- Helps our metabolism
- Improves the appearance of skin
- Helps digestion
Your body needs water to thrive and when it is deprived of fluids you are bound to suffer with headaches, dry skin and fatigue.
So drink up to stay healthy and drink more than the recommended allowance if you are working out as you will be sweating precious hydration out!