Saturday, 5 December 2020

3. The Importance of Water

The Consumption of Water and the Importance of Hydration 

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue and organ depends on water to work properly. For example your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate your joints. Water maximises physical performance, helps with nutritional absorption, weight loss and boosts energy. Water is needed for overall good health.

To stay hydrated it is recommended that you consume between 2 and 3 litres of water to remain healthy. This needs to increase if you live in hotter climates or exercise regularly. It is highly advisable to drink before, during and after exercise to boost your energy levels and keep you fully hydrated. Not all of your recommended allowance needs to be plain water, for example some can come from water flavoured with fruit or vegetable (berries, lemon, lime, orange or cucumber slices), or from tea and coffee.

Tips for Staying Hydrated

  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. Or take a glass when you are brewing your coffee or tea.
  • Carry a water bottle with you. You are more liking to drink water if you have some with you. You can top up your bottle during the day. You will find that you will sip your water as it is close by and this will be cheaper than buying bottles of water.
  • In these days of technology.....there is an app that will keep you in check with your water consumption and stop you from dehydrating. This will also make you accountable and track your water consumption at the same time.
  • If you don't like plain water, add some sugar free juice or barley water. Or you could try sparkling water.
  • Some fruit and vegetables contain water for example watermelon and spinach are almost 100% water by weight.


Water is essential for optimal health. Water is vital for various bodily functions to work fully and we need to make sure we are hydrated throughout our day. You can combine water with slices of fruit to add flavour to your water or add sugar free juice. Water is also present in many fruit and vegetables which you can add to your water intake. Tea and coffee are a welcome addition too. It is important that we find ways to track our water consumption throughout the day.


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