Community and Environment
Water for health
Why do our bodies need water?
Between 50 to 70 per cent of our body weight is water. Without regular top-ups, our survival time would be just a few days.
Water is lost from the body through urine and perspiration, and must be replaced. Water or fluid is a vital component of our diet. If you don't drink enough you can become dehydrated, causing symptoms such as headaches, tiredness and loss of concentration. Chronic dehydration can contribute to a number of health problems such as constipation and kidney disorders.
Water is essential for our body's growth and maintenance and is used in a number of processes. For example, it helps get rid of waste and regulates our temperature.
How much water do we need?
Between one and a half to three litres a day for most adults. Aim to drink six to eight medium glasses of fluid daily.
Beverages such as tea, coffee and fruit juices count towards fluid intake. You may require more if you're physically active or during periods of hot weather.
You can tell if you're drinking enough water by the colour of your urine. If it's a pale straw colour your fluid intake is probably fine. If your urine is dark yellow, you probably need to drink more.
Tap water vs bottled water?
Our water is high quality and undergoes many processes to bring it up to the standards set out in the UK Water Supply Regulations. Currently, there are no such high standards governing bottled water. There are no proven health benefits for bottled water over tap - which is fresh. Why pay 1,000 times more for bottled water?
Our schools' educational programme offers a free Water For Health talk for primary school children. Read more . . .
Book a talk
To arrange a Water for Health talk for your group or organisation please contact Jo Hedges, our Education Coordinator, on 07824 635581 or email email@example.com
- Have a glass of water when you wake. Tea, coffee and juices count.
- Keep a bottle of water with you, especially if you're travelling or exercising.
- Have a glass of water with every meal.
- If you feel thirsty you're already dehydrated, so drink before you get thirsty.
- Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. They have a high water content.