Water is essential for life!
Did you know that most people don’t need 8 cups of water a day to stay healthy?
How much fluid you need depends on your age, sex and activity level. Hot weather and your health status (for instance having a fever or vomiting) can also increase your needs.
Generally 8 to 10 cups of water per day works for most adults.
We need water for many reasons! Water helps your body:
- Keep its temperature under control
- Cushion organs and joints
- Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
- Digest and carry nutrients around your body
- Get rid of wastes and keeps your bowels regular
Here are some tips to meet your fluid needs:
- Don’t ignore your thirst.
- Choose water when you are thirsty and avoid soft drinks and other sweetened beverages.
- Drink a glass of water when you wake up each morning and keep a glass on your side table at bedtime.
- You can also have a glass of water before or after each meal.
- Keep a reusable water bottle nearby for easy access when you are at work, school or out and about.
- Add a wedge of lime or lemon (or any fresh fruit) to your water. This improves the taste and may help you drink more.
- Choose water when eating out.
- Remember to drink even more fluids when you are active and during hot weather.
Water is calorie free and a great way to quench your thirst. Boost your water intake today!
Courtesy: The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics