Water is absolutely vital for life and we can only survive a few days without it. Our bodies are made up of 75% water and the brain has around 85%. Each and every cell in the body needs water to operate effectively, even mild dehydration has consequences.
Many of us live in a state of chronic, low grade dehydration and the symptoms are many: headaches, poor brain function, stiff joints, tired muscles, finely wrinkled or saggy skin, dry, shrivelled lips, sluggish digestion, constipation, low energy, irritability, depression and poor immune function to name a few.
We lose 2 -3 litres of water a day through breath, sweat and urine, further water is lost through exercise, hot weather and the consumption of dehydrating food and drinks (coffee, tea, alcohol, sugary drinks and processed foods).
The signal for thirst and hunger come from the same area of the brain and thirst is often mistaken for hunger - leading to overeating and further dehydration. By the time your mouth is dry, you are already quite dehydrated.
Fortunately, the remedy is simple - start your day with a large glass of water and make a concerted effort to drink a glass every hour throughout the day.
Your body and your skin will thank you.