Notice the dangerous effects of dehydration

Wed 1 Sep 2021

You may or may not know that the we can survive around 1 month without food, just on water alone. However, without water, we can only last a few days.

We all know how we feel when we are hungry, but dehydration can be far more difficult to notice.

Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Dark coloured infrequent urine
  • Tiredness and difficulty thinking clearly
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dry lips and skin

How Much Should I Drink?

On average, you should drink 1.6 litres as a woman and 2.0 litres as a man per day. We get around 20% of our water from our diet (if we eat nutritional food). This can change based on your activity so drinking water regularly during the day helps mitigate any losses from exercise. Just losing between 1-3% of fluids can impact brain function and therefore your ability to concentrate. 70% of the human brain is water. You wouldn't let your car run out of fuel, don't let your brain run out of fuel either!

Why You Should Care About This

If you are already drinking enough, then you already appreciate this lovely liquid. If not, then here is why you should start right now:
1. It’s free. It literally comes from the tap; you can always access it. Have a bottle to hand at work and that’s 8 hours sorted.
2. You get huge benefit from drinking. Exercise and diet can be demanding, water isn’t, you just drink and viola.
3. Its needed for every bodily process, it is not debatable.

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