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Water and your health — infographic

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Water is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, since many functions in the body rely on water to work properly.

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Drinking plenty of water every day is important for good health. Our body relies on it for many of its functions. Water helps to:

  • making hormones and neurotransmitters
  • moistening eyes, nose and mouth
  • regulating body temperature
  • protect body organs and tissue
  • absorbing nutrients
  • get rid of waste products
  • prevent constipation
  • deliver oxygen to all parts of the body
  • lubricate joints to help us move
  • supporting the growth and reproduction of cells

Between 50% and 80% of the human body is made of water.

We get about one fifth of the water we need from food and the rest from drinking fluids.

Men need about 10 cups* of fluids every day, women need about 8 cups and kids need 4-8 cups depending on their sex and age.

It’s a good idea to choose water over other drinks that contain added sugars or alcohol.

* In Australia, 1 cup is equivalent to 250ml.


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Read more here about why drinking plenty of water every day is essential for good health. Find out how much water you need to stay hydrated — and what can happen if you don't drink enough.

Get tips on keeping kids hydrated here. Learn more about the signs of dehydration here (and how to avoid it).

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Last reviewed: January 2022

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