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Why Water Wins!

Our body loses fluid when we breathe, sweat and urinate, and in order to stay healthy you should ensure that you replace the fluid  you’ve lost. The best way to do this is simply to make sure you drink enough water. If we don’t drink enough water then we become dehydrated which is dangerous because the minerals in our body become unbalanced which can affect the way our body functions.

The signs of dehydration are:

  • Tiredness
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • A dry mouth
  • Feeling thirsty

Water is the healthiest choice when you’re thirsty or dehydrated as it doesn’t contain sugars which can harm your teeth. It is recommended that women should drink 1.6 litres of fluid a day which is the equivalent of about 8 glasses of water and for men the recommended amount is 2.0 litres which is approximately 10 glasses of water.

These are the recommended amounts and are only an approximate value, so if you drink a little less than this or a little more don’t be too worried. The amount a person needs to drink can vary depending on many factors for example, if it’s a hot and sunny day or if it’s you’ve exercised. And don’t forget, if you find plain water a little dull, why not add some lime, lemon, cucumber or strawberries … the list is endless. Have fun and drink up!

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Posted on 1 July 2015

Posted in Advice for young people

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