Water is essential for life, weight loss, clear skin, detoxification, digestion, energy, immune function, mental clarity, lubrication, circulation, body temperature regulation and for enhanced health. Ap...proximately 60-70% of our body mass is water (depending on your age, gender, body composition and current hydration levels). Every day our body utilises water and as a result we lose approximately (2.6L) via the skin, breathing, urine and faeces. There is no need to consume this amount of water as we can replenish some stores from the foods we eat and from the metabolism of these foods. However the kidneys require additional water for the removal of the by-products of protein metabolism. Therefore you will require additional water if you are on a high protein diet. Water is necessary for detoxification as it assists the kidneys to dilute toxins that we are exposed to from the environment, the food we eat and from the body’s metabolic functions. Thirst is one of the first signs of dehydration which occurs with as little as 1-2% fluid loss. Other signs include; overeating, headaches, colds that linger, dry (skin, mouth, lips, eyes or hair), lack of energy, poor concentration, joint pain, constipation, may contribute to the development of kidney stones or dark yellow urine (bright yellow is a result of vitamin B excretion). Tip: Drink from a short, wide glass as research from the Cornell food and brand lab consistently demonstrates that regardless of the fluid, the majority of people will subconsciously drink more from this type of glass. On the other hand, excessive water intake may result in over-hydration, putting stress on the kidneys and disturb the body’s electrolyte balance. If you are not a regular consumer of water, then adopting this behaviour may take some time so aim to slowly increase your fluids until your body adjusts to 6-8 glasses (more if you are exercising, in a hot or humid environment or consuming excessive amounts of caffeine). If you don’t like water, try adding lemon, lime or another 100% fruit juice, mint, lemon verbena, ginger or experiment with herbal teas until you find one that you like. Most habits take at least 21 days to change, so please persist. Cheers. Note: please consult your GP if you remain thirsty after consuming 6-8 glasses per day. As persistent thirst may indicate blood sugar dysfunction or an essential fatty acid deficiency.