Around 70% of the body is made up of water.
Although it is essential, many of us struggle to drink the amount of water that is necessary to keep us adequately hydrated.
Here’s why it’s important to stay hydrated:
- Water is essential for the body to be able to function properly
- Water allows for waste products to be removed from the body
- It improves brain function and energy levels
- It gives brightness to the skin
Not all fluids count as water. Many foods and drinks can actually dehydrate us, so it is important to ensure that we are drinking enough water.
So how much is enough? If you take your body weight in kilograms and divide it by 30 you will get to the recommended number of litres that you should be drinking for your body per day, to a maximum of 3 litres daily.
Clear fluids like herbal teas or hot water with fresh lemon are good ways to increase water intake, especially in the winter months, otherwise get creative and add some slices of fresh fruit, cucumber or mint leaves if you like a bit of flavour.
Listen to my interview with Brad Kirsten from Radio Cape Pulpit on 18 June 2020 to learn more.
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