Up to two thirds of the human body is comprised of water – it’s in our cells, the spaces in between and in our blood. Each and every single part of our anatomy is dependent on water in order to function.
Surely you’ve all been advised at some point in time to drink at least 2 litres of water per day – an amount even the most dedicated of water – drinkers may sometimes view as a bit of a challenge. Despite there being very little scientific evidence to back this claim we all know that water consumption is extremely important and vital for our bodies to operate. However, when it comes down to how much we should drink keep in mind that water requirements can vary from person to person depending on lifestyle, health factors, diet and climate. For example, someone who exercises often is going to need a higher quantity to help rehydrate their system after heavy perspiration. Additionally a person who has a diet high in salt will need more water to maintain a normal salt concentration in the blood.
Whilst it’s crucial we get enough liquids in our body we must be careful not to overdo it or drink large volumes too quickly. Remember your stomach is roughly about the size of your fist, so consuming too much all in one go isn’t the smartest way to hydrate. A more sensible idea would be to drink little and often throughout the day. This is easily done by keeping a small glass by your work desk and topping it up every hour or so.
Like with most things the best way to determine whether we need more water is by listening to our body’s signals. The most basic indicators would be
- A dry mouth and skin
- Feeling fatigued and lethargic
- Digestive problems
Our advise would be to mix things up with fruit, veg and water – because let’s face it, guzzling down that much water every single day can sometimes be a bit of chore. There are an abundance of foods out there full of water (watermelons, celery, cucumber, spinach etc….) which you can eat raw, in salads or blended into soups and smoothies. And for a treat, indulge in a tub of Coppa della Maga – it’s definitely got water in there and a whole lots of good fats to help replenish your body after a hard day’s work: www.coppadellamaga.co.uk/ice-cream/flavours/