Water is necessary for all living things to survive. All fluids in your body contain large amounts of water and every single cell depends on water for normal functioning. Drinking water is the easiest way to stay hydrated. Fresh fruit and vegetables contain varying amounts of water, and so do drinks, such as milk, juice and tea. Convincing people to drink more water helps people maintain their health and increase energy.
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Explain the benefits of water. Not only is water necessary for survival, but it can aid in weight loss, energy gain, headache prevention, clearing skin, preventing constipation, helping circulation, reducing joint pain and decreasing certain cancer risks.
Warn of the symptoms of dehydration. Even mild dehydration can lead to a decrease in energy, headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness and water retention. Extreme dehydration often requires a hospital visit and can lead to sunken eyes, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, delirium and fever.
Encourage people to monitor their urine. Dark yellow urine is a symptom of mild dehydration and could persuade those who may not realise they are dehydrated to drink more water.
Flavour the water. If you find the taste of water bland, add a little fruit or herbs to it for flavour. Wise Bread recommends squeezing in citrus fruit, chilling the water with sliced cucumbers or adding herbs, such as mint, lemon grass or parsley.
Tips and warnings
- People who exercise often or are outside during hot weather should particularly be persuaded to drink more water.
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