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Hydration – why it is important to drink enough water

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So why is keeping hydrated and drinking more water so important?

  • 70% of the human body is made up of water
  • 90% of our blood is water if there is less water in your blood it can lead to headaches and low blood pressure
  • We lose water through breathing, sweating and digestion
  • Our kidneys and liver get rid of toxins in our bodies and they need water to help out with that
  • Dehydration can lead to difficulty concentrating and has shown links with dementia in the older population
  • So you can perform better – dehydration can lead to muscle weakness and cramping

Children and Hydration

Children have higher water requirements in relation to their body weight. Keeping hydrated is really important to enable good concentration, reduce headaches and dry skin too.

On average children should drink 6-8 glasses of water per day.

How much water do you need to stay hydrated?

The guidelines aren’t clear, but the NHS suggests:

“Your body needs water or other fluids to work properly and to avoid dehydration. That’s why it’s important to drink enough fluids. In climates such as the UK’s, we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated.  In hotter climates, the body needs more than this. We also get some fluid from the food we eat.”

Remember to take a bottle of water with you to work, school, college, uni or when you go out for the day. Refill the bottle and keep well hydrated.

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