The human body is made up of approximately 60% water. It is necessary to maintain hydration throughout the day. Drinking water keeps skin healthy, flushes toxins from organs, helps fight allergies, protect joints and aids digestion.

One should aim to drink small amounts of water regularly during the day to gain the best benefits, a. A good amount to aim for is 2 to 3 litres per day. Also drink before the onset of thirst.

Dehydration occurs when the body is not getting sufficient fluids in the form or water, other liquids, fruit and vegetables. A good way to check hydration levels in the body is to note the colour of urine. Sufficient hydration results in pale straw-coloured urine. Dehydration on the other hand leads to dark urine with a strong odour. Clear urine is an indication fluid intake is too high.

Apart from the health implications of regular insufficient fluid consumption, dehydration can cause light headedness, headaches, dry skin and eyes, dental problems, bad breath caused by dryness of the mouth, urinating less frequently and many more side effects.

Some sports coaches also teach that together with exercise drinking sufficient water increases weight loss, aids in muscle building and strength and reduces the percentage of body fat.

Remember to hydrate regularly during the day, especially in warm environments or when being active.

Stay healthy, stay hydrated!