How much water should people drink? The age old question – asked and answered regularly by water companies, nutritionists, doctors and governments across the world.
Water – as with other substances – is necessary for all life on Earth. Humans can survive for several weeks without food, but for only a few days without water. A constant water supply to the human body is needed to replenish the fluids lost through normal physiological activities, such as respiration, perspiration and urination. Furthermore, water is a key element in the growth and maintenance of our bodies, due to the reliance of a number of biological processes on it to continue working. Drinking enough water is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
How much water should I drink?
It is generally estimated that the average adult within the UK it is estimated that the average person should try to drink six to eight glasses of water per day, or up to two litres. The body should also absorb extra water from a healthy diet containing fruit and vegetables.
The source of this water is not an important factor although use of a water cooler within a work or home environment will encourage people to drink more water. We would of course recommend drinking our spring water.
People still hydrate without drinking water
Of course, the body gets water not only from drinks, but also through food. Some fruit and vegetables have high water content such as melons, apples, oranges, pineapples, tomatoes, carrots and grapes. Therefore to get a balanced view of how much water people should drink, we would need to look carefully at the general diet of the individual.
Living conditions may change the optimal amount of water
The exact amount of water a human needs also depends on the condition of the subject, the amount of physical exercise, and on the environmental temperature and humidity in which the individual functions. We can make general statements on ideal water consumption levels if we look at general weather/humidity factors in a certain area of the world – but the individual needs will ultimately be governed by the lifestyle and actions of each human.
This blog is for information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your local doctor or other health professionals. Please call 0845 006 3309 for further details.