Time to reach for the water?
- August 21, 2017
- Time to reach for the water?
Whilst we can all acknowledge that it might not be the most exciting of drinks to have, the benefits of regular water consumption should never be ignored. With the body being made up of 70% water, it is important to keep our body hydrated even in this rather wet summer. When asking patients how much water they drink a day, often the response is ‘Well I drink a lot of tea!’, unfortunately in most teas there is an element called Tannin which can add to dehydration and thus we feel more thirsty and drink more tea. If its not tea then most of the time, we will have fruit flavoured squash or cold fizzy drinks, lovely tasting but how good are they?
Numerous studies highlight the detrimental effects that certain sugary beverages can have on our bodies and although the sugar free option seems enticing and healthier, the reality is that it is probably just as bad as the original drink. A new study published online suggests that artificially sweetened drinks can lead to a higher risk of stroke and dementia developing (stroke.ahajournals.org). Drinking sugary drinks can also deplete us of minerals that water can provide and can lead to fatigue, mood changes, headaches and a reduction in concentration.
The World Health Organisation, suggests that we need to be drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. Around a litre of this amount we can derive from fruit and vegetables. Aside from keeping us hydrated, water helps to flush out toxins in the body which may have developed through injury, illness or a bad diet. So water really is a beneficial drink to have by your side.
If you need further convincing, a patient who had been suffering from chronic migraines for 15 years admitted to taking up drinking two litres of water a day. It took 2 years to clear but he is now free of migraines…. all because of water!
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