Since the average human body is compromised of about 60% water, it’s of no surprise that drinking water is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Despite this knowledge, less than 50% of Canadians are drinking the recommended amount of daily water intake.
Why It’s Important
Throughout the day, our body loses water (through sweat, urine, breath, etc.). It’s important that we replenish this water to keep our bodies working properly.
It’s recommended that the average adult drinks 8 glasses (of 8 fl oz each) of water per day. You may need to drink more water if you:
- Are ill
- Live in a warmer climate
- Exercise intensely
Dangers of Not Getting Enough
Not getting enough water can lead to several harmful physical effects on your body, including joint paint, irregularity, headaches, stomach ulcers, and dehydration.
Tips to Get Enough
- Make it a morning ritual to drink one glass of water
- Eat water-rich foods (watermelon, lettuce, cucumber, grapefruit, cauliflower, peppers, spinach)
- Invest in a good reusable water bottle you’ll actually use
- Bring your bottle of water with you
- Keep your water cold (most people prefer it that way)