Ordering a glass of water at a restaurant might seem like a boring choice. However, drinking water is very healthy for you. If you don’t care for the taste of plain water, try unsweetened flavored waters, or add a slice of lemon, lime, or cucumber. For general good health, shoot for 64 ounces – that’s eight 8oz cups of water. Your body craves water, as it should since it’s 75 percent of your being! If you work out regularly, if you’re pregnant or nursing, or if you’re going through a growth spurt, you might need up to two liters of water per day!
Water and health
Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio. Absent, inadequate, or inappropriately managed water and sanitation services expose individuals to preventable health risks. This is particularly the case in health care facilities where both patients and staff are placed at additional risk of infection and disease when water, sanitation and hygiene services are lacking. Globally, 15% of patients develop an infection during a hospital stay, with the proportion much greater in low-income countries.
Some 829 000 people are estimated to die each year from diarrhoea as a result of unsafe drinking-water, sanitation and hand hygiene. Yet diarrhoea is largely preventable, and the deaths of 297 000 children aged under 5 years could be avoided each year if these risk factors were addressed. Where water is not readily available, people may decide hand washing is not a priority, thereby adding to the likelihood of diarrhea and other diseases.
How to improve the daily water intake?
The recommended daily water intake for adults is 8 – 10 glasses of 250ml each glass. This might be hard to do if you are not used to drinking much water. However, please note that this is more of a guide and not a strict rule. Variables can include age, activity levels, temperature and weight etc. It is nonetheless still important to be adequately hydrated.
Here are some simple ways to include more water in your diet:
Drink water with every meal.
Opt for water instead of a sugary drink.
Eat more fruits and vegetables. You can still get water in your diet by eating food high in water content.
Invest in a water bottle to carry around wherever you go.