You might think you’re all muscle, but about two-thirds of your body is made up of water!
Water helps keep your body’s temperature stable, it carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, it cushions joints, protects organs and tissues and removes wastes. You lose water from your body through sweating, breathing, urine and faeces.
Being properly hydrated helps your body function at its best. Dehydration – not having enough fluid in your body – can cause headaches, fatigue, crankiness and poor concentration. It also affects your sports performance.
To stay properly hydrated, you need to give your body a certain amount of fluids every day. This includes water, milk and other drinks.
Recommended daily intake of water:
Water and low fat milk are the best drinks for you. They quench your thirst without giving you all the sugar and additives found in fruit drinks and juices, soft drinks, sports drinks and flavoured mineral waters.
Here’s a fact: a 250ml glass of apple juice or cola contains the equivalent of SIX TEASPOONS of sugar!
Drinking water also helps rinse your mouth and prevent tooth decay. Most tap water contains fluoride which helps develop strong teeth. On top of that, tap water is inexpensive compared to all other drinks.