How much water should women be drinking per day to hit #mamaswatergoals?
When it comes to the optimum amount of water to drink each day, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends an intake of 2.0 litres of water for women per day. The World Health Organisation recommends similar, at over 2 litres every day, with additional water required if a women is very active, during pregnancy, or when breastfeeding. We look more at hydration during pregnancy in a separate blog post.
What are the benefits of drinking water?
When you consider that over 2/3 of your body is made up of water, it's clear how important it is to stay fully hydrated throughout the day. You are constantly losing water from your body, via toilet trips and perspiring. Hydration is needed for our heart and circulation, to aid digestion, to lubricate our entire body and to remove waste products and toxins from our body, for temperature control and for our brain to work well. There are additional studies suggesting that keeping hydrated can increase mental and physical performance. Not bad for something that is freely available.
Signs of dehydration? Trust your thirst.
There are lots of symptoms of dehydration (dark wee, headache, lethargic, dizzy and dry mouth) but the simplest one to take note of is thirst. Our bodies sophisticated inbuilt system that tells us we need a drink.Thirst sounds like a simple signal, but the reality of being a busy mama, either working or running around after little ones, is that often these symptoms are missed. It’s recommended that you drink your 2 litres of water little and often throughout the day. A portable bottle that contains your complete daily water goals makes this visual and serves as a daily reminder, helping you to feel more healthy and hydrated.