WATER – without a doubt the most extraordinary substance! Some may even say it is the ‘Hub of Life.’
If we look at the composition of our bodies, water is the largest single component of the body. It compromises up to 60-70% of our total body weight. Every chemical, biochemical and metabolic reaction that takes place in the body requires water to be present. The body uses this water to help regulate its temperature and to maintain bodily functions, such as protecting your tissues, spinal cord and joints; removal of waste products; assists digestion and prevents you from becoming dehydrated.
The body also loses litres of water daily! Approximately 1.5 litres of water is lost daily through the skin as sweat, the lungs as the breath you exhale, the gut as your bowel movements and via the kidneys as urine.
So, it is vital that you replace this lost fluid daily to stay healthy and to maintain normal bodily functions.
One of most commonly spoken about topics these days is “Healthy eating.” There isn’t an internet page, blog or Instagram account that doesn’t speak about diet, and most people are now aware that the real route to improving your health and lifestyle is through the idea of consuming a Healthy, Balanced Diet. However, with all these ‘health’ claims made there is a great deal of confusing and contradictory information about diet circulating on the internet and social media. So, as a result, we now have a problem – being that most people don’t know what actually constitutes a Healthy Balanced Diet, making it slightly harder for people to actually follow one!
What does healthy eating mean?
Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, to feel good and to have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins and minerals. There is no single food item or group that can provide your body with all the nutrie...