Why we need water
Water is essential for life. It accounts for about 65% of our body weight and performs crucial roles such as carrying nutrients and waste products between our major organs, helping regulate body temperature, lubricating our moving parts, and acting as a shock absorber.
Because our brains are 75-85% water, poor hydration can have an adverse effect on how our brains function. On average, we take in and excrete around three litres of fluid a day, although this varies considerably from person to person.*
Ten Top Tips for Healthy Hydration
- Make sure you always have access to water, even when out and about
- Bottled water is handy when you are at work or on the move
- Drink an amount of fluid that is right for you. These tips are a good starting point but should be adapted to your own needs
- Drink water at regular intervals throughout the day
- Quench your thirst with water first before going on to enjoy other beverages such as tea, coffee, squash and fruit juices
- Remember that water-containing foods can contribute to your daily fluid intake, for example yoghurt, soups, stews, fruit and vegetables
- Alcohol is dehydrating so avoid binge-drinking
- If you do drink alcohol, make sure you balance the effects by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, such as water
- Remember to drink more when you exercise or spend time in hot environments
- Young children and older people can dehydrate quickly so offer them drinks on a regular basis
evian® natural mineral water will be available to runners in handy 330ml bottles at 4 water stations around the route in addition to a 500ml bottle after the finish line.
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*Jéquier E & Constant F (2009) Water as an essential nutrient: the physiological basis of hydration. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.