Switching to Water for a Healthier You

So you’ve accepted the Switch to Water Challenge for November – that’s great! Everyone knows that water is great for health and hydration, but what are some of the specific benefits?

Newmarket Family Dental Care is proud to get behind this initiative for many reasons, but one of those specifically is because you’ll be protecting your teeth. Sugary drinks are acidic and damaging to tooth enamel, and are a major cause of dental decay. Some sweet drinks can have up to 13 teaspoons of sugar in a single-serve bottle. That’s more than twice the added sugar it’s recommended we have in a whole day! Drinking water is a great way to look after your teeth.

The NZDA asked nutritionist Claire Turnbull to share some ideas and tips. Let’s take a look at some of them below.

Water accounts for around 50-60% of your body weight and given that you lose water when you pee, sweat and breathe (amongst other things!), it is important to make sure you are drinking enough to replace what you are losing and help your body work at its best.

If you aren’t drinking enough you are likely to feel tired, get headaches, have a dry mouth, get constipated and have dry, sallow skin – but you can easily avoid this by getting into a good habit of drinking water regularly, it is that easy!

Did you know…

  • You pass about 1.5 litres of water a day in your pee (this varies depending on how much you
    drink).
  • You lose around 200mls of water as you sweat throughout the day and you will lose more in hot weather and MUCH more if you are exercising hard. Some people can lose up to 2 litres an hour during SUPER intensive workout or sports game!

So how much do you need to drink?

While 6-8 glasses or 2-3 litres a day is a recommendation you might hear and can be a good rough guide, the exact amount you need to drink varies from person to person. Some people will need more than others. The amount is affected by things like your age, gender, how active you are, and how much time you spend inside and outside.

The goal is to drink enough to make sure that during the day you are passing large volumes of very pale straw-coloured urine. If it is dark, you aren’t drinking enough. If you take B vitamin supplements, just be aware that can make your pee bright yellow, so the colour of your pee won’t be an accurate guide on the days you take them.

Here’s to keeping ourselves well hydrated and good luck for the first week of the challenge.!

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