Why is water so important?
Glasses of summer fruit flavoured water
We are made up of nearly two-thirds of water. Our bodies need and use it in so many different ways, from our skin, eyes, joints, brain and blood, to our digestive and waste systems. Without it, our cells and organs would be unable to function.
When we don't take in enough fluids we can start to feel tired, weak and lightheaded, we can also develop a headache. This is our body becoming dehydrated, If this continues, over time it can lead to feeling dizzy, confused and falling in and out of consciousness.
How much do we need each day?
The amount of water we need depends on lots of things, such as our age, size, the weather and how physically active we are, the average guideline amounts are at least 1.6 litres a day for women and 2 litres a day for men. Although its a good idea for all of us to up our intake from the tap, the water we get from different drinks, and the food we eat all help to keep us hydrated.