FAQs: Water and hydration

When it comes to water, it pays to hydrate. Water makes up a significant portion of the human body, and it's impossible for humans to survive without it. Unfortunately, many of us don't get the recommended intake of water, which can result in not achieving our well-being potential. Here are some of the frequently asked questions people wonder about when it comes to H2O.

Why is water beneficial?

According to the Mayo Clinic, water is a vital component of almost every bodily system. One of the purposes of water with which you may be the most familiar is its ability to regulate body temperature. When you reach for a cold glass of ice water on a hot summer day, your body is making you thirsty in order to encourage water – it wants you to cool down.

Water also helps keep your tissues moist and well-lubricated. This includes the tissues around the nose, throat and mouth, which explains why these cavities often feel parched when you become dehydrated.

Water also promotes nutrient uptake. By helping essential vitamins and minerals dissolve, water makes them easier to carry into cells so they can be well-utilised by the body. This may be one of the reasons drinking enough water has a noticeable intake on the luminosity and glow of the skin.

Additionally, water can promote healthy digestion. When you are well-hydrated, the food that passes through your digestive tract is easily compacted. This is why doctors often recommend drinking plenty of water – along with eating a high-fibre diet – for people who are experiencing digestive upset.

Finally, water has a detoxifying effect (another reason it promotes a healthy skin glow). It helps flush waste products and toxins out of the liver and kidneys, which is an important function for maintaining good health.

How much water should you drink?

Most of us could benefit from sipping on more water throughout the day. The Australian government recommends that adult women drink about 2.1 litres of water per day, while men should drink about 2.6.

How should I get my water?

The Australian government encourages residents to drink water from the tap, as it has been extensively treated to ensure purity. The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines are in place in order to ensure consumer safety. Drinking tap water is also easily the cheapest option – according to Choice, you'll pay a markup of about 2,000 times the cost of tap water to drink bottled options.

Furthermore, plastic bottles are damaging to the environment. Invest in a BPA-free water bottle to help protect the earth, save cash and stay hydrated.