How Much Water Should You Drink Daily?
It’s a simple fact that many people don’t drink enough water in the day, despite the health benefits. Modern lifestyles and the accessibility of a wide selection of sweetened, carbonated drinks has tainted the human palate and appreciation for water’s natural taste.
Here’s why you need to drink more pure water every day.
- Almost 70% of the human body is made of water
- It helps maintain the balance of body fluids. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
- Helps control calorie intake. Water also helps provide the feeling of fullness, which may help limit overeating. While dieticians confirm water itself doesn’t have an instant effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages, will help aid weight loss. Also foods that are water-rich tend to be more filling and will help manage calorie intake.
- Helps to transport nutrients throughout the body to the organs and also plays a very important part in transporting oxygen to cells.
- Aids digestion, breaks down food easier and softens your stools.
- Firms and brightens your skin. The skin is an organ and made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. The more hydrated these cells are, the better your skin will look and feel
- Helps to regulate your body temperature.
- Studies have shown that listening to the sound of running water or waves has a calming effect and can reduce anxiety and stress.
- Lifts your mood. When your body is functioning at its best, you’ll feel better and be happier.
- Water will counteract dehydration and help your muscles recover from fatigue.
So how much water do you need to drink daily?
There’s ongoing debate about how much water a person should drink every day and the general rule quoted seems to be about eight glasses a day. However, we all have different a height and weight and men are also different to women. A 2004 study from the National Academy of Science refers to total water, which includes the water contained in beverages and the moisture in foods, to avoid confusion with drinking water only. The report suggests total water intake at the reference level of 3.7 liters for adult men and 2.7 liters for adult women per day covers the expected needs of healthy, sedentary people in temperate climates. “Temporary under consumption of water can occur due to heat exposure, high levels of physical activity, or decreased food and fluid intake.
Water and hot weather
However, on a daily basis, fluid intake driven by thirst and the habitual consumption of beverages at meals is sufficient for the average person to maintain adequate hydration. Prolonged physical activity and heat exposure will increase water losses and therefore may raise daily fluid needs. Very active individuals who are continually exposed to hot weather often have daily total water needs of six litres or more, according to several studies.”
The researchers did not set an upper limit for water consumption in the study. More recently health practitioners are saying it’s better to regulate water intake based on body weight and that you will be your own best judge for this.
Create a habit
To help improve this and get you into a more regular habit of drinking pure water, we suggest you keep a bottle of water filled on hand, at your work desk, in your car, at gym, in meetings and even next to your bed. Also adding a little mint, lemon or ginger (natural) from time to time may help flavour your water naturally without any caloric effect or compromising the health benefits of water.
Finally, starting your day by drinking a hot glass of water and lemon is a great way set your metabolism up positively for the day and balance your body.
After all “pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” ~Slovakian Proverb
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