how much water do we really need each day

We all know Water is an essential part of our human existence, our body are made up of 65% water more when we are under one years of age and basically without it, we don’t survive here are some important facts you need to know about the reason why we need water.

  • Water is needed to replenish fluid from sweat
  • We lose water through our bowel movement and breathing
  • Water lubricates the joints
  • Your kidneys are also important for filtering out waste through urination. Adequate water intake helps your kidneys work more efficiently and helps to prevent kidney stones.
  • After three to five days of not drinking water, your organs begin to shut down, especially the brain, which could have lethal consequences including fainting, strokes and in extreme cases, even death.

Your body needs water to maintain a healthy internal temperature of 98.6 degrees. You are likely to need more water to maintain this temperature, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

When your body is running low on water and the brain signals that you are thirsty, drink.

Let us look at some common FAQ’s when it comes to water

Why do I have a dry mouth?

Salivary glands in the mouth do not make enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. Dry mouth is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by not drinking adequate water, nervousness, stress, certain medications, aging, cancer therapy (radiation/chemotherapy), smoking, methamphetamine use, injury or surgery, tobacco, exercising or playing in the heat. Always seek medical advice.

Which is better bottled water or tap water?

In developing countries around the world tap water is not always a reliable source for drinking water and as a result people have turned to bottled water for hydration. Yet, luckily in Australia tap water is in large safe to drink.

This is because tap water is regulated, often screened for dangerous pollutants and city government offices are required to share water information with their residents, however people are still choosing to crack that cap instead of turning on the tap.

According to the Australian Museum the cost of tap water is 1 cent per litre compared to bottled water which costs $2.53. It might not sound like a lot, but if you consider that around 600 million litres of bottled water are consumed by offices and residences across Australia per year it all adds up. That is over 1.5 billion dollars spent just on bottled water, all whilst you are already paying for an unlimited supply of water through your building’s mains supply.

If every business and resident across Australia switched all their water consumption over to tap water, the cost would drop from the staggering 1.5 billion dollars per year to the much more acceptable 6 million dollars per year. We’re sure homes and businesses can put that money to better use than paying for something that’s already being dispensed in their building.

As if you needed any other reason to drop that bottle, there is also our green earth to think about.

According to The Australian museum, manufacturing the plastic bottles that are used in Australia each year calls for more than 400,000 barrels of oil to be used. And unfortunately, approximately 7 billion of these recyclable plastic water bottles end up in landfills or our oceans every year.

You might not even consider it, but it also takes water to make water. According to the Pacific Institute, it takes 3 litres of water to produce just 1 litre of bottled water. And guess what? 45% of the world’s bottled water comes from municipal water supply systems (also known as “tap water”). That’s right, major bottled water companies get about 55% of their water from natural springs but the rest is essentially tap water that is treated in their plants and filtration systems.

Overall, we know that sometimes bottled water is thought to be a necessity to get clean, purified water at home or for your employees, but that is just not true.

bottled water vs tap water australia

Are you doing your bit to help the environment?

As a small business we provide our clients with durable and cost saving stainless steel water bottles. It may be no secret that a stainless-steel water bottle requires a lot of energy to manufacture. However, it requires a lot more energy to continuously create disposable plastic bottled water, and added benefit of keeping the water cold and saving you money in the long run.

Our clients also have access to our drinking fountain they can also refill their water bottles. Reducing our reliance to bottled water will ensure less plastic waste polluting our environment as well as reducing the CO2 emissions resulting from its production and transportation.
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Conclusion

Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day, “and remember to laugh with health each and everyday!

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About Fred Liberatore

My name is Fred Liberatore and I’m a Body Transformation Expert at REALfit, located in East Malvern in Victoria. If you’re looking for a Personal Trainer, look no further. The REALfit team will train you hard while you slim down and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle here’s proof, click here to view our Success stories.

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