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Choose water as a drink

Water – the best drink of all

Throughout each day we all need to drink plenty of fluid to maintain good health.

While all fluids help quench our thirst, as the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends, water is the best drink of them all.

Drinking plenty of water is essential for our wellbeing as it helps us to keep healthy and to be active.

How much fluid should I drink?

Water makes up about two thirds of our body weight and so we should drink water regularly to keep well hydrated and to replace water lost from the body, such as through perspiration.

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends that in a mild climate, an average person needs to drink about a litre and a half of fluids each day. In hotter parts of Australia, much more may be needed to prevent the body becoming dehydrated.

Drinking too little fluid can lead to dehydration and, in the short-term may cause us to be physically and mentally tired.

Plain tap water is a great choice

In South Australia, tap water is the logical choice:

  • it’s cheap and convenient, coming straight out of the tap
  • it contains no sugar, kilojoules or caffeine
  • it usually contains fluoride, which helps strengthen bones and teeth and helps prevent dental decay.

Swap sugary drinks for water

Drinking water instead of sugary drinks provides many benefits to our health and wellbeing.

Did you know that sugary drinks such as soft drinks, cordials and energy drinks are:

  • low in nutritional value
  • often high in kilojoules which can make it harder to maintain a healthy weight
  • often high in sugar and acidity levels which can contribute to tooth decay
  • expensive and make it hard to shop for healthy foods when on a budget.

So only have sugary drinks occasionally and in small serves.

Watch the Swap It and Save! Ideas to save your waist video about the sugar content of popular drinks or check out this clip on the effects of too many sugary drinks.

Keep your fluids up

Try these easy ways to boost your water intake:

  • provide water on the table at all mealtimes
  • keep a jug of tap water on the kitchen bench to remind you to drink between meals
  • keep chilled tap water in the fridge on hot days
  • when dining out, always ask for a jug of water on the table
  • have a refillable bottle of water handy in your bag, backpack, at work and in the car
  • for added flavour, try adding slices of fruit (fresh or frozen) such as watermelon, strawberries or a squeeze of lime or lemon juice and some mint leaves.

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