For good health, you must drink sufficient water each day. Every cell within your body needs water to work properly. Water helps to regulate your temperature, it lubricates your joints and helps to eliminate waste products through perspiration, urination and bowel movements. Remaining well hydrated will help protect your dental health, ensuring you can produce sufficient saliva to keep your mouth clean, moist and comfortable, and which reduces your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
How Much Water Is Enough?
As a rule of thumb, most people need eight large glasses of water each day, but this can vary. It depends on your environment as hot or humid weather can make you sweat more. Your overall health also plays a part as if you are feverish, have diarrhoea or have been vomiting, you will need to replenish these fluids. Pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding will need additional fluids. If you exercise, drink water before, during and after your workout. When you are well hydrated, your urine should be colourless or light yellow and you should rarely feel thirsty.