Hydration - simple ways to increase your water intake
Many of us struggle to meet our daily water intake requirements from time to time.
Perhaps we forget to drink, or we don’t physically feel like drinking. Maybe we limit drinking to avoid trips to the bathroom. Research shows that nearly 80% of Aussies are not drinking enough water. And, our bodies need water for a range of essential functions.
Water helps our bodies to:
- aid digestion
- absorb nutrients
- get rid of waste products
- regulate body temperature.
Even mild dehydration can affect our mental and physical performance.
What is dehydration?
Dehydration is when your body doesn't have enough water to keep it working properly. You get dehydrated when you lose too much fluid from your body and don’t replenish it through food and drink.
Some of the signs of dehydration are:
- dry mouth, lips and tongue
- passing less urine than usual
- dizziness or light-headedness, particularly as you move from sitting to standing.
Healthdirect Australia has produced this helpful infographic:
Use this urine colour chart to assess how hydrated you are. It is important to drink plenty of water every day to stay healthy.