Water plays an important role in cell creation

August 14, 2012

According to the European Federation of Bottled Water (EFBW) Group for Health’s Chairman, Dr. Laurent Le Bellego, water is essential for almost all body functions as it plays an important role in the formation of cells and fluids. 

In Dr Le Bellego’s opinion, drinking water compensates for lost fluid and ensures adequate hydration for the body: a fact "which is fundamental to the health and welfare", as evidenced by the document, 'The science on water and hydration'. The document was introduced as part of the 38th World Congress of International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology (ISMH), which was held in Lanjaron (Granada).

The document also recognizes the need to drink water every day to stay properly hydrated. "Over a lifetime, water should be the preferred beverage to hydrate our bodies on a daily basis," Le Bellego suggested.

Dr Le Bellego also warned that when you fail to drink enough fluids, your body retains water and your urine appears dark. Among the symptoms of mild dehydration are a dry mouth, fatigue, thirst, decreased urine output, decreased mental and physical performance, headaches and dizziness.

As for the amount of water that needs to be drunk, this expert has pointed to the panel of experts from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which believes that everyone should consume at least two liters of water a day. The amount should be increased depending on the physical activity and heat.

The document, 'The science on water and hydration', has been endorsed by the Research Institute of Water and Health (IIAS) and the Spanish Society of Primary Care Physicians (SEMERGEN), and has been distributed to general practitioners through its collaboration with the hood 'This Summer Hydrate: We are Water’.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about the need to hydrate properly, especially in summer, and to convey the essential role that water plays in adequate hydration. It provides tips such as not waiting until you’re thirsty befote drinking water; drinking 8 glasses of water daily and thereby replacing fluid loss, and drinking before, during and after taking part in any sport.

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