Drinking Water

At birth our body weight is made up of 80% water. As an adult, this drops to about 70-75%.


  • Thirst, tiredness, headaches, constipation, decreased alertness, and difficulty focusing are all signs of dehydration.
  • Our bodies can become dehydrated as a result of an illness, such as vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, or sweating.
  • Dehydration can become a life-threatening condition, especially for children.

Benefits of drinking water

  • Drinking water helps us maintain a healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
  • One glass of water can stop mid-night hunger pains.
  • Water helps to increase energy levels. Mild dehydration is the common cause of daytime fatigue.
  • A glass of water can prevent and alleviate headaches.
  • Water helps to moisturise skin, ensuring proper cellular formation, texture, and appearance.
  • It also aids the digestion process and prevents constipation.

More benefits 

  • Drinking water reduces the risk of urinary infection by keeping the bladder hydrated and clear of bacteria.
  • It is the primary vehicle for nutrients and oxygen in the body and is essential for circulation.
  • Water maintains the health and integrity of every cell in the body.
  • Water can reduce joint and/or back pain by lubricating and cushioning joints.
  • Air travellers can lose up to 1.5 litres of water during a three-hour flight.

Daily water requirement 

  • Adults: 8 glasses (2 litres)/day                         
  • Children: 4-6 glasses/day
  • Your daily water requirement can include herbal teas, lemon, and fresh juice.


  • Caffeine is a diuretic that increases the excretion of fluid from the body. As a guide, drink one glass of water to replace each glass of soft drink, or cup of coffee, tea, or green tea.
  • Alcohol is also a diuretic.
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