Water world: The key to healthy living
Ample intake of water is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With 85% of our brain, 80% of our blood and 70% of the muscles in our body being made up of water we can see that water consumption is essential for our survival. Despite the obvious importance of water to our bodies, many people are still not drinking enough water to remain properly hydrated.
There seems to be no logical answer as to why this is occurring as clean water is so accessible. In fact water is free in most places that you will go outside your home, whether it is work or a cafe, free water should be available. All this accessibility doesnt seem to have impacted the fact that too many people are dehydrated. The question still remains as to why people are failing to drink enough water?
A part of the answer to this maybe that people just have no idea how much water is needed to stay hydrated. Comparing Studies on the subject has provided us with conflicting research on the subject. In one study we are being told to drink at least of 8 glasses of water daily, and in the other study we are being told we dont need as much.
Recent research conducted by the European Food Safety Authority has revealed that an average adult male needs 2.5 litres of water a day whilst the average adult female needs 2 litres of water a day in order to stay hydrated.
Studies conducted by the BBC have had similar revelations as it concluded that a reasonably inactive adult loses approximately 2 litres of water a day. The study went on to show that this lost water needs to be replaced with most consumable liquids, with alcohol being the main exclusion as it induces dehydration. Coffee and other drinks that contain caffeine are allowed as the amount of caffeine contained is not enough to aid dehydration. Healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables also help to replenish the lost litres as they have a high water content and can put back as much as 1/3rd of the lost water.
If the lost water is not replaced, the body becomes dehydrated, and this can lead to many unpleasant experiences which are caused by the many symptoms of dehydration Beside the obvious thirst a person can experience dizziness, tiredness, headaches, nausea and even insomnia.
So how can you make sure you are properly hydrated? Here are some easy steps:
Try to stop using the bottled water option; instead you should invest in a water purification system. Purification systems, like the Virgin Pure countertop purifier, are not only eco-friendly but they are also cost effective and over their long lifespan they will pay for themselves many times over!
Purchase a reusable water container that holds your recommended daily allowances and has a level check window. This way you can be sure how much water you have consumed and how much more you need to stay hydrated.
Eat healthy foods that have high water content like watermelons and cucumbers! A watermelon is made up of over 90% water!
If plain water is not to your liking you can add a bit of flavour by squeezing fresh fruits such as lemons or limes to your water...
We all know that drinking water should be an important part of our daily routine, and because of this there has never been a better time to invest in a water purification system for your home or/and workplace. No longer should you have to turn to bottled water for your hydration needs, as although it is a convenient option, it is not eco-friendly. Most people wouldnt know that just to produce 1 bottle of water a bottling plant will have to use over 160 grams of oil and a staggering 7 litres of water. Purification systems give you the same taste as bottled water without all the negative environmental impact. Currently the most commonly used eco-friendly option for having chilled filtered water at home required the use of a filtered water jug. While these are still good options, new technology means that water purification systems are more efficient than ever and you can now get standalone units that are able to filter, and dispense chilled, and instant hot water. These systems are the best way to stay properly hydrated while also saving money!
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