Drinking Water for Optimum Health

Your Questions Answered!

It is important to keep the body hydrated throughout the year, and especially in the warmer months. Up to 70% of the human body is made up of water, which is key to our survival. Water plays an important part in maintaining metabolism and regulating body temperature, as well as helping to flush waste from the body and maintain skin elasticity.
It is common knowledge that we need to drink water – but how to keep yourself hydrated correctly is a question asked by many. In this issue of Amagram we share some tips on the smartest way to drink water and keep properly hydrated.

Do we need to drink eight cups of water every day?

According to the Department of Health, it is recommended to drink six to eight cups of fluid (one cup is about 240ml) a day. However, this is just for reference only; the recommended daily water consumption for humans depends on various factors including individual activity levels, gender and health condition. The environment you are in will also have an impact on how much water needs to be consumed. When the weather is hot you will need to consume more, and the same goes for people who are active or heavier than normal.

When is the best time to drink water?

There is no clear data on what time of day is best for drinking water. It is advised to set a timetable to drink water in case you are too busy to replenish your body’s water needs. It is also important to drink sufficient water before, during and after exercise.

1 After waking up
2 During meals
3 Between meals

Does the water in drinks count?

Natural water is the best choice for replenishing your body’s needs. Sports beverages, fresh fruit juice, low-fat or no-fat milk, soymilk and plain soup are also appropriate choices. Soft drinks and concentrated fruit juices have high sugar levels, making them less suitable for consumption in large quantities.
Caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee and tea, as well as fruit juices with high potassium or citric acid content, all have a diuretic effect that will cause the body to lose more water through excretion. Such beverages, therefore, should not be counted as part of your daily water consumption.

Is it good to drink water only when we feel thirsty?

It is not good for your health to drink water only when you feel thirsty. The most noticeable indication that your body is running low on fluids is likely a feeling of thirst. It is advised to replenish water as soon as you begin to feel thirsty as your health may be affected if you become too dehydrated.

Is it more thirst quenching to take one long drink?

Whether you are drinking water regularly or quenching your thirst after doing exercise, remember that it’s better to drink by taking small sips. Consuming a large amount of water in one go can cause the stomach to bloat, at the same time stimulating the kidneys to cause frequent urination. This can result in rapid water loss and will prevent water from being transported to various parts of the body.

Is water from the tap at home safe to drink?

Hong Kong’s water supply goes through a rigorous treatment process to ensure that the water quality is fit for drinking. However, water may be contaminated during the transportation process, while aging water pipes, cracked or rusted tubes, and inadequate cleaning of water tanks can all result in water becoming polluted. The fact that contaminants may not be visible to the naked eye means we need to pay close attention to the quality of water we are drinking.
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