Water is essential for normal human function. After all, we are over 70% water!
Without water, our digestive system would fail to absorb nutrients that we require, it would also fail to get rid of the waste that we no longer need. This can potentially lead to GI problems and serious malnourishment.
Remaining hydrated is also essential for regulating our body temperature. Water helps to cool us down via perspiration, where our body sweats to allow the air to cool us off. High body temperatures can lead to serious life threatening problems so it is important we remain hydrated, particularly during sport and exercise.
Hydration also promotes normal muscle repair, brain function, kidney function, and normal function of every single vital organ within our body. Without water, these organs cannot do their jobs properly as water is involved in all chemical and cellular processes within the body.
The amount of water people need is very dependent on the individual. The easiest way to look at your hydration levels is to check the colour of your urine. The lighter it is, the more hydrated you likely are, and the darker it is, the more likely you are dehydrated and you need to drink water within the next 30 minutes.
Staying hydrated is simple. Keep a water bottle close by, have a glass of water with each meal and if you struggle to remember to drink water – set an alarm! Generally speaking, 2L is a good amount to aim for, more if you exercise that day.
Stay hydrated team!