Do you drink enough fluids?
Our bodies need about 2 litres of fluids every day, not 2 litres of water specifically. Researchers examined why we drink so much water.
Spero Tsindos from La Trobe University considers that encouraging people to drink more water is driven by vested interests, rather than a need for better health.
‘Thirty years ago you didn't see a plastic water bottle anywhere, now they appear as fashion accessories. As tokens of instant gratification and symbolism, the very bottle itself is seen as cool and hip,’ - he said.
If you drink a lot of water it does not alone cause weight loss. You also need a low-calorie diet. Water in food eaten has a greater benefit in weight reduction than avoiding foods altogether. Drinks such as tea and coffee contribute to a person's fluid needs and do not cause dehydration.
‘We need to maintain fluid balance and should drink water, but also consider fluid in unprocessed fruits and vegetables and juices.’