Our bodies are around two-thirds water, so it is hardly surprising that water is crucial to our health and general well-being.
It forms a major part of our blood, lubricates our joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins and helps us look better by keeping skin smooth and elastic. Drinking too little water can lead to dehydration and, in turn tiredness, lethargy, headaches, constipation, inability to concentrate, dry or cracked skin and even reduced blood pressure.
Exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, but is important not to forget that muscles do not work as well when dehydrated. We can lose a substantial amount of water in an as little as an hour when exercising, so it is important to put those fluids back. Experts recommend drinking water before, during and after exercise to avoid dehydration.
Under the weather
There are fewer times when keeping fluid levels topped up is quite as important as when we are ill. Water is lost in a number of ways, particularly through sweating and diarrhoea, often at a time when the stomach is particularly sensitive. Keep a BRITA water filter close at hand so the patient can sip regularly throughout the day.
As we get older, our ability to recognise feelings of thirst fades, resulting in symptoms of dehydration countered by keeping water levels topped up. Again, keeping a filter jug close at hand ensures you are drinking water at its best.
BRITA Hydration Calculator*
glasses of water per day.
* An individual’s daily intake can be influenced by factors such as age, weight, medical condition, medication, physical activity and ambient temperature. It is advisable to follow or seek medical advice, especially in the case of reduced kidney function.
You can experience significant benefits by ensuring that you are always adequately hydrated.
- helps to regulate appetite
- ease constipation
- improve skin condition
- improve mental sharpness
- aid in digestion
- improve circulation
Symptoms of dehydration:
- dry, inelastic skin
- dry mouth
If you are experiencing chronic pain or other problematic health conditions, it's important to consult your doctor or health professional.