The importance of drinking water

It's of vital importance to health and wellbeing that people drink enough clean water to keep themselves adequately hydrated.

The consequences of becoming dehydrated can be severe, especially for at-risk groups such as children and the elderly.

Some of the first signs of dehydration include thirst, fatigue, a lack of concentration, a dry mouth and dizziness.

Children and the elderly may not always be able to take the initiative of getting water for themselves, so it's especially important to keep an eye on how much they're drinking.

Beverages other than water, such as milk and juice, can count towards your daily hydration needs – however it's best for your health if most of your daily liquid is coming from H2O itself.

The solutions

As far as your children are concerned, make sure you instil healthy water-drinking habits in them from an early age. Be sure to keep an eye on how much initiative they take with their water habits as they get older, and if necessary supervise them drinking their water.

Be sure to send them to school with a stainless steel drink bottles. This is greatly preferential to buying bottled water – not only on your budget, but also on your health and the environment. There is controversy over whether plastic bottles can leach chemicals into the water, and they also contribute to a global waste problem.

Make sure your child takes their stainless steel bottle to school each day full – and they can refill it at their school as needed. Children at school may be in very hot weather during the summer, and can often partake in a lot of physical activity, so they can get dehydrated easily. As well as this, water helps children to maintain a good level of concentration – something they need to function well in class.