Drinking enough water seems like a simple task, yet I continue to meet people who aren't drinking enough to meet their needs. It might just be that people don't realize how much they need, or else it is just one of those things we don't think about in our busy lives! Water is important to help control our temperature, aid in digestion, cushion our organs and joints, distribute nutrients throughout our body, and help use remove wastes.
The recommended fluid intake for adults is at least 2.2 litres (9 cups). People will have different requirements based on age, gender, and activity level. It is important to note that water, other beverages (milk, juice, water, tea, coffee), and foods containing fluid (soup, fruit, vegetables) all contribute to hydration. Water is a great choice because it is refreshing and contains no calories.
How can you get enough?
- Keep a glass of water or a water bottle at your desk or close at hand
- Drink a glass of water before each meal
- Listen to your thirst
- Eat vegetables and fruit throughout the day
- Include water before, during, and after activity
Dehydration can affect your mental function, physical performance, and add stress to your organs. See how much fluid you get today and how close you come to the recommendation.
Stephanie Wheler, RD
Something Nutrishus Counselling & Coaching