Are You Getting Enough Water?
We’ve all heard that drinking water will
help keep us healthy. But how much is really enough?
The experts have always said, on average, that
eight eight-ounce glasses per day will suffice. However, that
might not be enough. While eight is great, amounts really need
to be tailored to meet the needs of every individual. Most adults
will lose between two to three quarts of water per day by way
of normal body functions, but athletes and those who live in
work in warmer environments tend to lose more. For those people,
drinking more water will make up for the bigger loss of water
they had through perspiration, as well as in the regulation of
Our bodies are made up of 55-70% water, but it
does not replenish itself, so drinking water helps maintain that
healthy balance. But even still, many will walk around dehydrated,
most of the time unknowingly. That is because thirst is a poor
indicator of dehydration. By the time someone gets thirsty, it
is too late! Or, if one is thirsty, they may go for a beverage
that does not actually replenish the body. A cold soda may feel
nice going down, but beverages with caffeine are not meant to
hydrate. Water is the best remedy for dehydration. If mild dehydration
sets in, it can decrease one's energy level and mental functioning
and increase stress on the body. Severe dehydration can have
far more damaging effects.
There are three important rules when it comes
to drinking water:
1. Drink twice as much as it takes to quench your
2. Drink frequently throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
3. Drink at least eight glasses daily, or one cup for every 20 pounds of body
weight. For example, a 150-pound person who does not exercise or work in hot
climates needs 7.5 cups.
While some fruit juices and green tea may account
for some fluid intake, you can count out beverages such as coffee
or alcohol. They have a mild diuretic effect, which promotes
urination and therefore water loss, which ultimately defeats
QUICK TIP: A trick to ensure
people are drinking their daily allowance is to fill a pitcher
or jug with the allotment of water and keep it on your desk at
work, or handy at home. The goal is then clearly marked. As you
drink down the water, you know that you are on the right path
to drinking enough water.
And finally, those frequent bathroom trips are
not a bad thing. The best indicator that one is drinking enough
water is when urine comes out pale yellow to clear. A dark yellow
colour, however, is a sign your body is dehydrated and is concentrating
the urine in an effort to conserve water.
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