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How much water should you drink during summer?

How much water should you drink?

Importance of staying Hydrated during summer

Phew! What a scorcher of a heat wave we’ve just had this summer! Most of us in the UK have probably developed webbed feet during the endless weeks of rain that preceded it and maybe didn’t give much thought to drinking water then as we were surrounded by so much of the stuff. However, as we all know our weather can change in an instant… and once the rain finally stopped and the sizzling  July sun came out,  if you didn’t increase your fluid intake quite as quickly as the weather changed you may have been caught out. It’s far easier in this country to become dehydrated than you might think. The symptoms of dehydration are often easily confused with other problems – dry, wrinkly skin, hunger, dizziness, constipation/diarrhoea, stiff joints, headaches, confusion etc. – the list is pretty long. Over the years I’ve met young Mums at the school gate with thumping headaches and elderly people disoriented and confused – and all have felt better after just one good sized glass of water. Our bodies are designed to run on water with our systems requiring adequate amounts of water to work effectively. So is it any wonder that drinking even slightly less than your body needs can cause serious problems? General guidelines suggest 1.5 – 2 litres of water per day, and even more if you are exercising or the weather is really hot.  If you’d like to find out more about the potential illnesses caused by chronic dehydration a really good place to start is “Your Bodies Many Cries For Water” by Dr. Batmanghelidj.

Written by Janette G Pearson


August 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm
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