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Tap and waterWater is essential for life. If you don’t drink enough water, you risk becoming dehydrated.

The amount of water you need every day depends on the climate and your level of physical activity, among other factors. It also depends on your diet, as water is provided by many of the foods we eat. However, regardless of the water content in our food intake, we need to drink plenty of water every day.

Choose water instead of drinks with added sugar or alcohol. Sugar-sweetened drinks, such as soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, ‘play’ waters, vitamin-enhanced waters and cordials can increase your risk of excess weight gain. Water is also better than these drinks, fruit juice and artificially sweetened drinks because it has no kilojoules and low acidity (which can damage tooth enamel). Sugar-sweetened drinks can also increase your risk of dental cavities and may affect bone strength.

Tap water is generally fine. It tastes good and is safe in most areas of Australia. It’s also cheaper and better for the environment than bottled water.

If you are overweight and trying to lose weight, it is especially important to limit your intake of sugar-sweetened drinks.

 

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