With the cooler temperatures now upon us, we may find that we do not drink as much water as we would in the summer months.
However, the cooler temperatures are not a reason to reduce water intake. It is important to stay well hydrated to enable your body to work at its best and it can also make a big difference to how you feel.
Our bodies contain approximately 60% water. Water helps regulate body temperature; it transports nutrients and expels waste products and allows many of the biological functions and metabolic reactions to occur in the body.
Water keeps the blood in our bodies circulating and helps digestion. Cells need to be hydrated with water to ensure they do their job efficiently. If we are dehydrated, our skin becomes more susceptible to skin disorders and wrinkling. The body is not able to store water and needs fresh supplies daily.
If you are feeling thirsty, you are likely already dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, constipation, cloudy-headed, dry mouth and dark coloured urine.
As we age, we become more vulnerable to dehydration and, as a result, more susceptible to urinary tract infections, confusion and constipation.