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Water: Facts and Tips

Water is life. Around 60 percent of the body is made up of water and as a general rule of thumb, a person cannot survive without water for about 3 days. A person who eats water-rich foods such as juices, fruits or vegetables may not need to drink as much water as someone who has been eating grains, bread, and other dry foods. (

Water Tips

Getting enough water every day is important for the health. Not getting enough water causes dehydration, a condition that cause their body to overheat. This can lead to constipation, kidney stones, fever, high blood pressure, bad breath, headaches etc.

Getting enough water helps your body to maintain a normal temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, protect the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movement.

Tips to drinking more water

  • Take warm water in the morning
  • Always carry a bottle of water with you throughout the day and refill when empty
  • Take at least 8cups of water (5satchets of water / 2.5bottles of water) a day. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends a total of 13cups(3litres) of fluid each day for men and 9 cups (a little above 2liters) of fluid each day for women.
  • Choose water over sugary drinks
  • Serve water during meals
  • Add a little lemon to your water especially in the morning, it makes you take more water during the day.
  • Take hot lemon water at night, it relaxes the muscles,
  • Make sure your kids get enough water.

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6 thoughts on “Water: Facts and Tips”

  1. Beautiful write-up. Well done.

    I definitely need to drink more water.

    Do you think one can take too much water? I once heard about too much water diluting the blood. How true is this? How much water is too much water?

    1. Yes, you can definitely drink too much water and this is called hyponatremia, a condition in which the sodium content of the blood becomes diluted. People have died as a result of taking too much water. We all work and live under different conditions. You might need to modify your fluid/water intake based on several factors. Someone who works in the sun requires a different amount of water from someone who works in an airconditioned room 24/7. Also the amount of water needed during dry season is different in cold season. Moreover, someone who do exercise or strenuous activity, a pregnant or a breast feeding woman, an individual with health conditions might need to stay hydrated. Your fluid intake is adequate if you feel rarely thirsty and your urine is colourless or light yellow.

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