After years of suffering headaches and poor digestion she spoke to a neurologist about her regular headaches and a nutritionist about her poor digestion, and both told her that she should be drinking up to three litres of liquid a day for her body to function at its best.
When Sarah read a recent survey suggesting that at least one in five women in the UK consumes less than the recommended daily intake of water, she decided to conduct an experiment. What would happen if she drank the recommended amount every day for a month?
The photograph of Sarah, below, taken the day she started this trial demonstrates perfectly – and rather frighteningly – what a lack of hydration does to a face. Dark circles, wrinkles, dry lips, etc.
Sarah states, “I usually have a wee three times a day: when I get up, before I go to bed and at some point in the afternoon. By the end of my first day of drinking more water, I have had six and my usually sluggish bowels are much more lively.”
Sarah Smith is a 42 year old mother of two young kids in the UK who has openly admitted to not drinking enough water, just like anyone else. She admits, “Usually I start my day with a cup of tea, then I might have a glass of water with my lunch and one with dinner – that’s about a litre of liquid in 24 hours. It feels like plenty, but apparently it’s not nearly enough.”
As you can see water is an important means of transport in our body and the most important part of blood, urine and sweat. Water also provides a stable body temperature (thermoregulation).
The amount of moisture that you lose is dependent on:
duration of the exertion
intensity of the effort
fitness clothes you wear
With most forms of exercise, which last less than an hour and did not sit with your drink water a too high intensity always good. During a longer lasting activity or strenuous activity sports drinks may have additional benefits.