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**DOTM: Are you drinking enough Water?**

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Posted: 28 January 2007 at 5:53am | IP Logged

Hello all IF MembersSmile,

Lets start a Discussion of the week!

H & F Discussion of the Month #1

February 2007Big smile

Are you drinking enough water??Confused

Why do we need water?

Water comprises 50 to 70 per cent of an adult's total body weight, and without regular top-ups, our body's survival time is limited to a matter of hours or days.

Water is lost from the body through urine and sweat, and must be replaced through our diets. Many people, though, don't consume enough and as a result may become dehydrated, causing symptoms such as headaches, tiredness and loss of concentration. Chronic dehydration can contribute to a number of health problems, such as constipation and kidney stones.

The body gets its water from three sources:

    From drinks, either plain water or as part of other beverages. From solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
  • As a by-product of chemical reactions within the body.


The British Dietetic Association advises that the average adult should consume 2.5 litres of water per day. Of this, 1.8 litres - the equivalent of six to seven glasses of water per day - must be obtained directly from beverages. This should be increased during periods of hot weather or during and after periods of physical activity.

Water is the major ingredient of all drinksBig smile: carbonated and still drinks are 65 per cent water, diluted squashes are 86 per cent water (after dilution) and fruit juices are 90 per cent water. But drinking plain water is still the most effective way of replacing lost fluids. Embarrassed

How to achieve your daily water intake!Tongue

    Start as you mean to go on, with a glass of water when you wake. If you're at work, keep a jug of fresh water on your desk so it's within easy reach to top your glass up throughout the day. If you're out and about during the day, carry a bottle of water so you can have a drink whenever you want.
  • Increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables; they have a high water content as well as many other health benefits.

What about bottled waters? There are two types of bottled water: spring water and mineral water. Spring water is collected directly from the spring where it arises from the ground and must be bottled at the source. UK sources of spring water must meet certain hygiene standards, but may be treated in order that they meet limits set on pollution.

Mineral water emerges from under the ground, then flows over rocks before it's collected, resulting in a higher content of various minerals. Unlike spring water, it can't be treated except to remove grit and dirt. Different brands of spring and mineral waters will have differing amounts of minerals depending on their source.

In 1999 Government regulations came into force covering the labelling requirements of bottled waters, to help consumers make informed choices about the products they buy. As a result, the levels of all minerals in natural mineral water must be listed on the label.

But is it necessary to buy bottled water? The drinking water available from our taps is perfectly adequate to replenish our fluid loss, and undergoes many processes to bring it up to the standards set out in the Water Supply Regulations. In 1999, according to Which? Online, 98.8 per cent of tap water sampled passed drinking water inspectorate tests.

There are certainly no proven health benefits of bottled water over tap water - it basically comes down to personal taste and cost

How much water do you drink a day? Are you drinking enough? What should you do to increase the daily intake of water? Do you prefer mineral, spring or tap water?



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Posted: 30 January 2007 at 9:57pm | IP Logged
this is probably one of the least healthful things I do! Lol.. yeah I drink a lot of water.  I just can't live without water.. that's my favorite drink!...but at the same time overtly drinking does some time cause harm Smile




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Posted: 03 February 2007 at 2:48pm | IP Logged

Originally posted by angel_wings

this is probably one of the least healthful things I do! Lol.. yeah I drink a lot of water.  I just can't live without water.. that's my favorite drink!...but at the same time overtly drinking does some time cause harm Smile

yes but its really good for you as listed above!Embarrassed


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Posted: 04 February 2007 at 12:29am | IP Logged
so many time i try to drink 8 glass of water but i never drink 8 glass of water




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Posted: 12 February 2007 at 2:59am | IP Logged
Originally posted by stuartlittle2

so many time i try to drink 8 glass of water but i never drink 8 glass of water

same here.. i drink about 3 glasses of water or mostly like 4 glasses.. but i can never drink 8 glasses.. or else keep going to the bathroomLOLLOL but yes its true water is mostly needed in your bodies... everyone in your is made of water... including skin!! to make better skin.. i always drink water!!!


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Posted: 23 September 2007 at 6:53am | IP Logged
vishal here
i want some advice regarding body weight
my age is around 24 yrs and height of 165 cm but i dont have balance weight. i need to weight gain
give me simple way that i can do everyday to gain weight
i joined gym but i think this is not effective way those are not having balance weight

ur early feedback will be appreciated




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Posted: 23 September 2007 at 9:47pm | IP Logged
I find it very hard to drink water because i only take about 1-3 glasses each day.... LOL Embarrassed Embarrassed but will try take more....

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