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Benefits of Drinking Water

WaterCoolers Direct.com The Benefits of Drinking Water A collection of information regarding the Benefits of Drinking Water, the information in this InfoGraphic has been wholly sourced online and compiled by people with no medical experience whatsoever. Proportion of Water in the Human Body FACT: The amount of water in the body decreases from birth to old age 23T Average Man 57% to 60%* Newborn Infant up to 79%* As a rough indicator the body is made up of 2/3 water. * The proportion of water in the body, shown as a percentage of body weight. The Benefits of Drinking Water Helps With Aids Helps The Body Body Maintenance Digestion Regulate Temperature Provides A Medium For Important Helps The Body Helps Flush Out Chemical Reactions Lubricate The Joints Waste And Toxins Helps The Body Aids Other Claims Lubricates The Eyes Body Growth It is claimed that water also helps to: ? Improve concentration levels ? Reduce headaches ? Aid weight loss (See "Drinking Water Myths") ? Improve joint and muscle health ? Aid physical performance ? Improve emotional outlook Drinking Water Myths MYTH It is possible to drink too much, over consumption MYTH Common advice is to "drink eight 8-ounce glasses You Can't Drink Too Much Water ODrink Eight Glasses Per Day of water can lead to a potentially fatal condition called Hypernatremia also known as of water per day" which is about 1.9 litres. We are calling this a Myth as (although it approximates other guidance) no one seems to know quite where the advice originated from. Water Intoxication. MYTH Water will not cause you to lose weight however Drinking Water Helps Lose Weight You Can Only Hydrate With Water MYTH Not true; water is great as it contains no calories or sugars, however milk and fruit juice are also good, provided you understand the amount of sugar you're consuming. In addition a large proportion of the NHS states that it "...might help you snack less." and that "...Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger; if you're thirsty you may snack more." your fluid intake can come from the food you eat. General Fluid Intake Guidance What you need to drink depends on many factors including, what you've eaten, your health, age, the climate and any physical activity. The factors involved are too numerous to leave us with definitive guidance on the amount an individual should drink, but the general guidance that we found online is as follows: The Institute of Medicine (US) Men 3 liters' u O u 12.7 O 012 v 10.6 Ô 0 10 Small Glass (236ml) Cup (250ml) 1/2 Pint Glass (284ml) Runners Bottle (300ml) 5.3 Pint Glass (568ml) 84.0 Bike Bottle (750ml) Women 2.2 liters 1O-9.3 O u 8.8 7.7 Small Glass (236ml) Cup (250ml) 1/2 Pint Glass (284ml) Ô 7.3 3.9 2.9 Runners Bottle (300ml) Pint Glass (568ml) Bike Bottle (750ml) t According to the Mayo Clinic the Institute of Medicine determined that ".an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day..." Department of Health (UK) 1.2 liters O O - 5.1 u 4.8 4.2 Small Glass (236ml) Cup (250ml) 1/2 Pint Glass (284ml) Ô Ô 4.0 2.1 Runners Bottle (300ml) Pint Glass (568ml) Bike Bottle (750ml) i u 1.6 The Department of Health suggest that you drink 6-8 glasses (about 1.2 litres) of fluid a day if you live in the UK that's 6 200ml OR 8 150ml glasses, cups or mugs. Other Factors Other factors that affect how much water you need may include: Food A large proportion of your fluid intake can come from food, for example Melons have a high water content which may count towards the amount that a person needs to drink in a day. Medication, Medical Conditions and Health Issues Some people on medication or with medical conditions should either increase or decrease the amount of water that they drink. If you are taking medication, have any sort of medical condition, or health issue you should seek hydration advice from your own GP or appropriate health care professional. Age and Weight Children, the elderly or the obese may need to maintain differ- ent levels of hydration and should seek hydration advice from your own GP or appropriate health care professional. Exercise and Activity If engaged in exercise or other activity you may need to con- sume extra fluid to compensate for the fluid loss. Pregnancy or Breast Feeding If you are expecting or breast-feeding you will need additional fluids to stay hydrated and should seek hydration advice from your own GP or appropriate health care professional. Environment Hot or humid conditions and altitude, all may have an effect on the amount of water you require. Disclaimer: All content within this image is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Therefore WaterCoolers Direct.com Ltd and its employees or representatives are not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of this image. Always consult your own GP or appropriate health care professional if you're in any way concerned about your health. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_water http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/water-drinks.aspx http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dehydration/Pages/Introduction.aspx http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17741653 http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/treatments/healthy_living/nutrition/healthy_water.shtml http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/encyclopaedia/d/article/dehydration/ http://www.ivy-rose.co.uk/HumanBiology/Nutrition/health-benefits-of-drinking-water.php http://www.food.gov.uk/scotland/aboutus_scotland/pressreleases/2009/apr/healthyeatingexamssummer http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2004/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-Water-Potassium-Sodium-Chloride-and-Sulfate.aspx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_water http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283/ http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2002/aug/080802.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/Weightlossmyths.aspx Copyright © WaterCoolers Direct.com Ltd - The WaterCoolers Direct.com Ltd logo and name is a Registered Trade Mark

Benefits of Drinking Water

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Using information sourced from the likes of the Institute of Medicine (US) and the Department of Health (UK) this InfoGraphic shows the myths and benefits of drinking water.

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