Nutrition Therapy Clinic
Jan Edmondsand Associates
Why Water ????
Dear Friends and Practitioners,
Water is the most important nutrient in any diet, yet it is so often overlooked. Ever wondered why water is so important to us?
Water in our body is involved in:
o Temperature regulation,
o Maintaining blood volume,
o Carrying nutrients and waste around the body,
o Lubricating and cushioning joints,
o Shock absorption around the eyes and spinal cord.
It is also is a solvent for many molecules and participates in many chemical reactions in our body.
Without enough water we can lack concentration, feel lethargic, tired and thirsty. When we are dehydrated our blood becomes more concentrated, our mouth becomes dry and we feel thirsty. There also appear to be changes sensed by the hypothalamus and nerves, which trigger thirst. Thirst however, lags behind our actual need for water, so is not a good indicator of fluid requirements. Once a person is thirsty they are already dehydrated.
So how do we know if we are getting enough fluid? The amount of fluid required varies depending on diet, activity, environmental temperature and humidity. As a general guide, adults require about six 250ml glasses of water or other drinks a day. To meet fluid requirements water is best, though milk and juices can also help to make up part of our intake.
If you would like to know more about hydration in relation to your own diet, or any other dietary issue please consult a registered dietitian.
The team of Dietitians and Nutritionists at Nutrition Therapy Clinic, offer personalised dietary advice and ongoing support on all nutritional areas including weight loss, sports nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal/bowel problems, vegetarianism, elevated cholesterol and paediatric nutrition. We have dietitians and nutritionists available for appointments 6 days a week and evenings.
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