I knew water was important, it’s the sustainer of life and all that but I don’t think I always realize quite what an impact just a little dehydration can have on our bodies. Let’s talk about some important percentages to set the scene - your body is 70% water, your brain is 75 – 80% water and your blood is 95% water. Needless to say lack of water can have serious effects on your body’s normal operating mode. Dehydration and its symptoms start at just a 1% loss in your normal water volume and become noticeable after 2%. If you are a sportsman or women just a 2% loss in water can lead to a 30% drop in performance.
If you’re low on time those few facts should be enough to convince you to drink water or hydrating fluid of some type (no tequila doesn’t count, sorry guys). You should be taking in roughly 2 – 2.5 litres of fluid a day because that’s how much the average person will lose in the climate of the UK.
What is dehydration? In general terms dehydration is when you lose more fluid than you take in. But there are three different sorts