Air and water are the most essential elements for survival. An average adult is around 60 to 70 percent water and the body can go for almost two months without food but you can’t survive without water for more than a few days. Not to mention that water helps the body to operate its most vital functions like: blood circulation, regulating the body temperature, waste removal and the metabolism but water is needed for many other reasons as well.
When you feel thirsty it means that your body lost between 1 and 2 percent of the total amount of water and that you are already in the early stages of dehydration so don’t ignore your body signals and drink water. Some of the other effects of not drinking enough water are: dizziness, dry skin, constipation, headaches, bad breath, sugar cravings and concentrated (darker) urine.
Dehydration can occur any time of the year on any weather but in summer is a lot easier to dehydrate because of the hot weather, so take a bottle of water with you wherever you go especially on hot days. Preferably drink plain, still water because sugary drinks and anything that has artificial sweeteners, colours and flavours added will do you more harm than good.
Next week we are going to publish a post about some healthy drink recipes you should try if you find it hard to drink just water so keep an eye on our blog.