SPRING WATER – FEELING THIRSTY?

There’s no doubt that spring water is the healthiest water there is, but do we drink enough of it?

 

Some research has been done on how much water we need, and it’s clear we often don’t drink as much as we should. For one thing, the older we get the less evident the sensation of thirst, or we sometimes confuse thirst with hunger or a urge to drink alcohol, fizzy drinks, coffee and the like.

 

A mature person who is averagely active and lives a temperate climate needs around 10-15 cups of water a day for their essential body functions (like breathing, brain activity, blood circulation, digestion, locomotion, perspiration and elimination). The recommended intake is 13 cups for men and about nine cups for women, including the water we get from other beverages and food. There are cases of people being constipated because they don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables ­– two or three glasses of water first thing in the morning can be an effective laxative. In older people inadequate water intake can directly or indirectly cause hypertension, circulation disorders, kidney stones, arthritis, indigestion and constipation. Pregnant women need more water to supply the growing demand of the child and women who are breast-feeding women require it to produce sufficient breast milk. Finally, children need more water than adults because of the amount of energy they burn in both physical and mental activities.

 

Reasons enough, if any were needed, to drink plenty of cool, fresh spring water.

 

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