It’s no secret you should be drinking water, but here are some simple facts on how much you should drink, and why, to put the necessity into perspective.
Water is defined as an essential nutrient as it is required in amounts that exceed the body’s ability to produce it.
It accounts for 50-80% of body weight, and daily water needs depend on body size, activity level, the weather and types of food and drinks consumed.
There is no single level of water intake that would ensure hydration, however an adequate intake of 2.8L to 3.4L per day for men and women aged 19-50 is recommended.
Water plays an important role within the body as all chemical reactions occur in water. It fills the space between cells and helps form molecules such as protein and glycogen.
Water is required for digestion, absorption, transportation, eliminating waste and thermoregulation.
When you are dehydrated, it can affect your physical and cognitive performance and lead to tiredness, dizziness and headaches.
View the complete Drinking Water Guide - Konstance Nicolopolous, a student at UniSA, put these tips and resources together to help other students.