The benefits of drinking water


I’m a big believer in the power of keeping the body well hydrated for optimal functionality. Whenever the kids come to me with an ailment, from headaches to tummy aches, the first question I’ll ask is have you drank enough water today. 60% of the human body is made up of water.

It is especially important to up the amount of water you drink during the warmer summer months. You may not feel you are sweating much but your body is constantly emitting perspiration to regulate your body temperature. You could end up quite dehydrated by the end of the day without even noticing it. Especially if you are drinking tea and coffee which are natural diuretics, in other words they make you pee out more than you’ve consumed. Rule of thumb is if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.

The recommended amount of water you drink per day varies depending on time of year, how much exercise you do, and if you have eaten enough fruit and veg in your diet. In general aim for a minimum of 2 litres per day which is about 8 glasses of water. You might find that initially you are taking lots more toilet trips, but your bladder adjusts as its capacity expands, and the sensors, which can be overstimulated by tea and coffee, balance out.

After oxygen water is our second most important source of fuel. We all know we should drink plenty of water but maybe understanding the importance of drinking water will help you to remember to get those daily dose of glasses in.

  • Keeps you regular - drinking plenty of water keeps everything moving and prevents constipation
  • Aids detoxification - the body works best when toxins, are regularly eliminated from the body. Water will help the bodied elimination system to do their job.
  • Boosts immune system - when the body is well hydrated and free of toxins the immune system can concentrate it’s resources on building strong.
  • Aids circulation - the blood is made up of 92% water, dehydration causes reduced blood capacity making it harder for you heart to pump blood efficiently.
  • Increases brain function - the brain is made up of 73% water. Drinking plenty of water help you to stay alert, focused and helps prevent headaches.
  • Relieves fatigue - one of the most common symptoms of dehydration is fatigue. Drink a large glass of water wakes body up and jump starts all the cells of the body
  • Regulates body temperature - the body naturally sweats to regulate optimum body temperature. When you get dehydrated the body temperature raises.
  • Regulates weight management - often we think we’re hungry and reach for a snack wne actually we’re mixing our hunger and our thirst signals up. Try a glass of water first when you feel peckish.
  • Brightens skin - drinking plenty of water gives your skin a lovely healthy glow.
  • Aids gum health - water helps to wash out your mouth after eating and helps prevent bacteria and tooth decay.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru