Drinking water is vital to staying healthy and maintaining the function of your body, including heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids are essential to carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and avoid constipation. Comprising about 60 percent of body weight, water is involved in nearly every function in the body. It acts as a building block, a solvent for chemical reactions, and a transport medium for nutrients and waste. Water helps maintain blood volume and allows proper circulation, regulates body temperature. It even acts as a shock absorber for the joints and brain.
Warning signs of dehydration include fatigue/weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, or dark coloured urine. Older adults and children are often at risk of not getting enough fluids and risk becoming dehydrated, especially during the summer months when it’s hotter and people perspire more. It is essential to get enough water or some sort of hypotonic solution to keep your body healthy.
Care and Thirst
Older people don’t feel thirst as much as they did when they were younger. This could be a problem if they take medication that could cause fluid loss, such as a diuretic. It must also be remembered that it is possible to take in too much water if you have certain health conditions, or if you’re taking medications that make you retain water. You should check with your doctor to be sure you’re getting the right amount. It should be remembered that the kidneys lose some ability to eliminate water as we age. Hydration should therefore be gradual.
What is Recommended?
To keep dehydration at bay healthy people should consume from 1 to 1.5 litres of water or hypotonic sports drink per day. This should not be consumed all at once as it’s important to stay hydrated gradually, throughout the day. Some foods such as vegetables and salad are also rich in water. Eating and drinking normally should provide sufficient hydration. Other groups suggest women should drink at least 2.21 litres per day and men should drink 3 litres per day. However, everyone if different and their water requirements can vary.
The Big Bottle Co
Being away from the house can be an expensive business if you buy bottled spring water. The suggestion of the Big Bottle Co is that you can buy one of their 2 litre BPA free bottles: Fill it at home with tap or filtered tap water and have enough water for the whole day. These bottles are truly convenient and come in a huge range of trendy colours and have a rugged design. We took ours down to the beach in Hemsby last weekend, and it was a welcome drink after lots of running around playing rounders.
Where Would I Use Such a Bottle?
- A long walk in hot weather when you may sweat a lot and become a bit dehydrated
- Camping, to store enough for several kettles full
- Playing sport on a hot day
- On the beach when the nearest tap is miles away
- Some cool water for the dog (but bring a bowl)
- On a road trip to save the amount you spend on drinks in services
Where Can I Get a Big Bottle?
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