Last Updated on 17 February 2021 by Ray Plumlee
Live life free of any illnesses or poor health. Get all the basics right, including healthy eating, getting enough rest, exercising regularly, and getting your daily dose of fun and laughter. Sufficient water consumption is also one of these essentials to good health.
A question most people have probably heard of before is this: How much water should you drink every day? This question has been asked ever so often because it is a highly critical health question. It prompts us to think about how many glasses of water we really need to consume on a daily basis, therefore encouraging us to drink more water.
If you are concerned about your long-term health and well-being, we’re providing you all the information you need here to help convince you to drink more water. Most experts recommend 6 to 8 large glasses of water per day, and there are very good reasons behind it.
Why do you need sufficient fresh supply of daily water?
Around 55 to 75 percent of your body weight at any one time consists of water. The body needs water, which comes second to its need for oxygen. Here are proofs that water indeed is a life-giving liquid:
- It helps regulate our body temperature 24/7.
- It assists with proper digestion, absorption, as well as elimination.
- It assists with waste excretion—from the skin (perspiration), and the bowels as well as the kidneys.
- It helps lubricate our joints and membranes.
- It assists the blood in proper functioning as the body’s nutrient transport system.
Our blood is comprised of approximately 92 percent water, and our digestive juices, as well as body secretions are almost entirely made up of water. (Example: Approximately 1.7 Liters of saliva is produced by our digestive systems every day!) Thus, because of its many important functions in maintaining the body’s normal conditions, we need around 1 1/2 to 2 liters of clean, fresh water daily, for optimal health and functioning.
The daily amount of water your body needs also depends on your overall body size, how active your current lifestyle is, your diet, as well as the weather conditions in your country.
The information below lists how our bodies lose water on a regular basis:
- For every hour of physical activity, the body needs an extra 1 to 3 glasses of water
- During hot weather, our bodies need more water as perspiration increases (so as to help the body regulate its temperature so it keeps feeling cool)
- During cold weather, breathing causes additional moisture loss, and central heating also produces drying effect (thus you need to turn down the heat or drink more water)
- Through regular exhaling, elimination (of urine, feces, and perspiration), the body loses about 1.7 liters of water daily
TRIVIA: DID YOU KNOW?
Lack of water in the body can cause you to over-eat. Our brain isn’t able to differentiate between thirst and hunger, so when you’re feeling hungry—although you have just eaten—chances are, you only need water. Hence, make sure to drink a glass of water at regular intervals. This way water can also serve as your natural appetite suppressant, as you use it to satisfy what you often mistakenly think are hunger pangs.
Water retention means that the body is trying to store water to prepare for later use, since you drink much less water than you should. Water retention causes the body’s cells to swell with its additional water stores, hence giving you the appearance of much more weight.
QUESTION: Is your body dehydrated?
Many people actually are every where walking around dehydrated and they don’t even know it! So how do you know if your body is already in a state of dehydration? Check your self using these signs and symptoms below:
Constipation. Drinking enough water adds bulk to the stool and assists in making the process of elimination flow a lot faster and with more regularity.
Reduced urine and more concentrated/ dark-colored urine. The kidneys recycle about 180 liters of water daily, filtering waste products or toxins out of the blood. This process requires sufficient supply of fresh water—without which, urine output will be greatly reduced and the waste products in the body, including urine, become much darker and more concentrated.
Dry mouth/ bad breath/ white furry tongue. Dehydration reduces saliva in the mouth, therefore leading to having not enough lubrication in the mouth or dry mouth. Having not enough water passing through the mouth for washing away food particles also leads to bad breath because of bacteria build up, as well as a presence of white furry film on the tongue.
Fatigue. If the body is overloaded with toxins because there isn’t enough water for flushing these out of the system, the body struggles and feels heavy and less energetic.
Headaches and/or poor concentration. Again if you are dehydrated—if there isn’t enough water to flush out toxins from y0ur body—this can cause poor concentration and/or headaches because the brain supposed to be should always be 75 percent comprised of water.
Signs of Severe Dehydration:
- Sunken eyes and/or dark eye bags or dark skin around the eyes as a result of lack of water
- Loss of skin elasticity (because of not having enough water in the skin). You can test this by pinching the skin at the back of your hand. If the skin doesn’t snap back immediately then it means you’re severely dehydrated.
- Muscle cramps (because the muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen through the blood stream since there is insufficient amounts of water in the body.)
Getting into a life-long habit of hydrating/ re-hydrating
SOLUTION: Consistently drink water all throughout the day. Do not drink too fast, or too much water at one time. (The water will just pass through your body giving it very little benefit.) For your first few days of doing water therapy, you may experience frequent urination. You should allow your body enough time to adjust to your rehydration. Eventually you will realize a significant reduction in your weight, as your body gradually decreases its wastes or toxins.
Choosing your liquid source wisely
Remember some liquids or fluids, besides water, actually work against, and not for hydration.
Cordials or fruit juices actually contain sugar concentrates or artificial sweeteners, aka “sugar water”. For a healthier alternative, eat fresh fruit as a whole with its rich fibers. If you should drink (pure/artificial) fruit juice, dilute it with 50/50 water to reduce its sugary content.
COFFEE/ TEA/ COLAS
These drinks contain caffeine, which is a dehydrating agent as it increases your output of urine. The more that you drink these, the faster water will be removed out of your body, causing dehydration.
Drinking diet sodas regularly causes you to eat too much junk. These drinks have artificial sweeteners that have zero calories or no energy in them, thus sending the brain confusing signals that it wants food for energy. This leads to hunger pangs or cravings until food arrives in your stomach.
Ultimately, your best option for hydration is still pure, fresh, clean, plain drinking water.