Why is drinking water so important? Coach Kirsty
Did you know that you can survive for anywhere between eight and twenty one days without food but you can only survive for three days without water!
It sounds crazy when you compare the two doesn’t it? It shows just how important getting water is in order for our bodies to function properly.
Our bodies use water to regulate our temperature, When we get too hot we sweat in order to cool ourselves down.
Water is also used in the body to lubricate joints and is used by the blood to transport nutrients around the body as well as by or digestive tract and organs to flush out waste through urine and faeces.
Water is a source of minerals too, And that’s not even half of the benefits of drinking water!
Did you know that our bodies are made up of around 60% water, Our eyes are 95% water Our muscles are 75% water And our blood is around 83% water.
The average person needs around three litres of water per day.
This can vary though and you may find you feel more thirsty when you eat salty foods, drink alcohol, after intense sweaty exercise or when the weather is warmer as all of these can cause dehydration.
One litre comes from what we eat high fluid foods such as fruits and vegetables Then the remaining two litres needs to be gained from what we drink.
The best option is water itself.
High calorie beverages like fizzy pop and fruit juices are best avoided when possible because they can lead to weight gain and poor health.
If you’re not a fan of plain water why not try chopping up some of your favourite fruits and adding them to your water to make it a bit more exciting and flavourful.
I would love to hear some of your ideas for how you stay hydrated in the comments below.