Water is an essential part of our diet. Drinking the recommended fluid intake is essential not just for good health, but for survival.

Our body is roughly two-thirds water. The percentage of water in the human body varies according to gender, age and fitness level.

Water being poured from into a glass
Water is found in both drinks and food

The Eatwell Guide recommends that we should aim to consume six to eight glasses of water daily.

This recommendation is based on a glass being roughly a 200ml serving, meaning daily fluid intake should be roughly between 1200ml and 1600ml.

The amount of fluid consumption can differ slightly depending on some factors such as age, level of physical activity and climate.

As fluid is needed for the functioning of many bodily processes, it is important to take these factors into consideration to ensure fluid intake is correct.

The human body can survive weeks without any food, but it is unable to survive without fluids for more than two to three days.