Water & Hydration

The most frequently asked question in our practice?

Do I really have to drink water?

The answer is YES! Drinking water is about much more than simply quenching your thirst – water is an essential component in keeping your body in optimal health as most of our organ systems rely on water to function properly.

Your body consists of nearly 60% water, and a few of its functions are to regulate your body temperature, to flush out toxins and waste products and to carry nutrients and oxygen to your cells.

We lose water through breathing, perspiration and urination. It is very important to replenish your water supply throughout the day to stay hydrated and keep your body functioning optimally.

You may be able to tell if you are dehydrated by looking at the colour of your urine. A dark yellow colour indicates that you may be drinking to little fluids, while a light colour indicates healthy hydration levels. Other signs include feeling thirsty, dizzy, light-headed or tired and having a dry mouth, lips or eyes.

So how much water should you be drinking in a day? There are a variety of factors (exercise level, climate, health pregnancy etc.) that may influence how much water you need to drink in a day.

Try to drink according to thirst. Generally speaking this translates to 8 glasses of 250ml water or 2L daily. It is recommended to choose a sugar free and caffeine free drink when thirsty. This includes water, rooibos and/or naturally caffeine free teas. Avoid the intake of fruit juice, sports drinks, flavoured water and sugary gas beverages. These are high in energy, sugar and preservatives.

Some tips to increase your water intake:

  1. Set a daily goal to drink water e.g. Drink 2L of water per day
  2. Drink a glass of water with every meal and snack
  3. Carry a reusable water bottle with you
  4. Set reminders to drink more water on your phone or smartwatch
  5. Replace other drinks with water
  6. Add citrus ( a sice of lemon or lime) to your water

Anja Hordijk