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Water for health
- How much water should I drink each day?
- Medical specialists advise that every adult should drink seven or eight glasses of water a day to maintain hydration. This is because the average human body is composed of 45 litres of water, which is approximately two thirds of our bulk. We need to drink plenty of water every day to replenish our body's stock of water, which is consumed during normal respiration and more rapidly by exercise.
- Should I keep a check on what I'm drinking?
- It's a good idea to keep a check on how much water you drink over a week. Ask your family to participate and monitor water intake for children and elderly relatives.
- Remember that fizzy drinks, tea and coffee are not a substitute for water.
- What will happen if I don't drink enough?
- A lack of water can lead to dehydration and symptoms such as lethargy, headaches and constipation. In the more elderly, dehydration can also lead to dizziness, which may then lead to trips and falls, which can be severe.
- Top-up your water bottle with fresh tap water throughout the day and keep it with you. Take regular sips, remember when you are thirsty it is often too late and the body is already in the first stages of dehydration. Don't be taken in by the 'bottled water is healthier' message.
- If you enjoy a cold drink of water why not fill a jug from your tap and keep it in your fridge?
- My children won't drink water. Have you any suggestions to encourage them?
- Add a small amount of squash as encouragement. We are committed to promoting the Water for Health message and have produced an interactive CD aimed at school children. Our characters Phil and Sip are used to convey the message that tap water is good and every child should have access to tap water at all times whilst at school.
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