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How much water do we need on a daily basis?

Our daily need of water is mainly covered through drinking. On a daily basis we need to drink about 1,5 - 2 litres of water. Foodstuffs that have high moisture contents also contribute to our water supply. With our food we absorb about 1 litre of water a day.
Our total required amount of water is 2,5 litres a day. If we drink enough water and eat enough water-containing food, this should not be a problem.
How much water we drink is determined by our habits, not by thirst. When we feel thirsty, this usually is a sign that we have not been drinking a sufficient amount of water.

Why should we drink so much water?

Water, after oxygen, is the second most important substance for human health. Water is a universal solvent and transport medium, and because of that it is the basis of all biological processes in the human body.
Water is mainly important for the digestive system, because it contributes to the constant supply and export of products and substances. The transport of nutrients can only take place through a solvent, and as such water acts as the main transport medium of nutrients.
Water also attends heat regulation in our bodies. For humans it is of vital importance that the body temperature stays at a standard level. That is why we have to drink water, when we are infected with a fever. Water takes up heat and transports it out of the body while we are transpiring.
We can survive without food for about 30 to 40 days, but we can only survive a few days without water. This is a factor that proves how important water is for us.

What causes humans to become thirsty? When the human body gives off water the amount of saliva in the mouth will decrease. When our salivary glands give off less saliva, our mouth will become drier. This dryness of the mouth is experienced as thirst.

What should I look for when buying bottled water?

It is recommended that you take the following precautions:

Don't buy bottles that have a broken seal. Examine the outside and inside of the bottle before you buy it. Do not buy any bottles with materials floating in it. Report any tampering or extraneous material to the store manager and health officials.

Do not be fooled by impressive labels. Examine the bottle and label for date of manufacturing or manufacturing code, best-before-date, chemical analysis (declaration of minerals), treatment (ex. ozonized, ozonated etc.), company contact number, location and type of source water.

Do not refill old bottles. It is preferable to buy newly manufactured bottled water.

Buy products that have no-spill caps, ensuring that water is not spilled and air does not enter the bottled water when replacing the bottle in the cooler.


 
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