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Sunraysia Life January 18, 2019
ITH the human body made up
of about 60 per cent water, it’s
absolutely essential any water
loss or additional water needs
throughout the day are being accounted for.
It is used in all our cells, organs and
tissues to help regulate temperature, facilitate
biochemical reactions while maintaining an
adequate blood volume and the integrity of
the cardiovascular system.
Our body loses water through normal
processes such as breathing, sweating, and
digestion, with additional water lost during
Dehydration occurs when water levels are
depleted and not replenished.
Dehydration can contribute to headaches,
dry skin, delayed weight loss, hunger,
dizziness, thirst and lack of concentration.
Severe dehydration can cause urinary and
kidney problems, as well as seizures and even
low blood volume loss – one of the most
severe symptoms of dehydration.
Dehydration is a condition especially
dangerous for young children and older
Older adults naturally have a lower
volume of water in their bodies, due to
medication or other health conditions that
increase dehydration risk.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines
reinforce the need for optimal fluid intake
and stress the importance of replacing any
water loss throughout the day.
The most impor tant thing to ascertain is
just how much our body requires in order
to meet this requirement and function
How much water do
we really need?
As a general r ule, eight standard size
glasses of water is typically recommended but
to be more specific we should consider water
intakes in terms of body weight. Fluid intake
can be estimated using this simple equation:
Your weight (in kg) multiplied by 0.033 =
litres per day to intake in order to maintain
We all know water is the most effective
primary source of hydration but there are
other alternatives should water be too bland
or not exciting enough.
Take spor ts drinks, providing they’re not
loaded in additional sugars and sweetness the
combination of water and electrolytes (salts
and potassium) will help rehydrate quickly.
Alternatively heavily diluted fruit juice
with water can achieve the exact same
Summer is a state of mind and hydration is absolutely key when it comes to keeping ourselves healthy during
the hot summer months.
Easy ways to up
your water intake
Watermelon: It’s no surprise this fruit
contains more than 90 per cent water but
the fact it also contains salt, calcium and
magnesium makes it ideal for rehydration,
especially post exercise.
Strawberries: More than 90 per cent water
and rich in fibre and vitamin C.
Cucumbers: Composed of about 95 per
cent water, have zero saturated fat or
cholesterol and are pretty high in vitamin
K, vitamin B6 and iron (an essential mineral
abundantly deficient within the Australian
Lettuce: A typical iceberg lettuce can
contain up to 90 per cent water, so add to
shakes, smoothies and salads for optimum
Celery: Most of us will have heard of the
celery juice diet, made famous for its
apparent ability to reduce weight quickly. It’s
absolute rubbish, but there are significant
amounts of water in the stalks, which make
this vegetable particularly rehydrating.
They’re also rich in fibre and minerals
including potassium and vitamin K.
Coconut water: Unlike labeled
sports drinks, coconut water is low in
carbohydrates while still rich in potassium.
Soups and broths: More effective in winter,
but making use of boiled water and stock as
a base can significantly up water intake.
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