When and Who Needs To Drink More Water?
In similar articles on our site, it was stated
that the average person needs about 8 glasses of water per day.
But that is just an average. Some people need more, and some
people need less. However, there area also times when the body
temporarily needs more water.
There are also certain times when people may need
more water than usual, whether it is a health condition, or an
environmental concern. Under these circumstances, more water
should be drank:
When on a high protein diet
Did you know that uric acid in meat could cause
gout? That said, people on a high protein diet require more water
than a regular eater, as the water will flush out things like
uric acid, caused by the extra protein. Another risk of high
protein diets that can be combated with water is that, if you're
not eating carbohydrates, your body breaks down fat cells and
then produces a buildup of toxic chemical compounds, called ketones
in your blood. When there are too many ketones in your blood,
your body eliminates them in your urine. Eliminate too many ketones,
and you also eliminate too much water. Without replacing it,
you can suffer severe dehydration and the risk of abnormal heart
When on a high fibre diet
Constipation can be an uncomfortable side effect
of high fibre intake. That is because fibre, although good for
your health, can absorb fluid from your intestines. Drinking
fluids help prevent constipation in those who are eating high
Having an illness that causes vomiting
Vomiting and diarrhoea are signs of dehydration.
Drinking more water will keep the body hydrated during this illness,
and also prevent that vomiting and diarrhoea that goes along
with it. It is suggested that someone with these symptoms, most
likely from the flu or another virus, to drink 2-3 quarts of
water per day.
Are being more physically active
The more active someone is, the more they will
perspire. When you exercise, your body builds up heat, and sweat
brings your body temperature back to normal. As sweat evaporates
from your skin, your body cools. But, through the cooling process,
can lose four cups of water every hour during exercise. As a
result, more water is lost. Drinking more fluids will combat
that water loss by replenishing the body. Whether this activity
is during a workout or during work, keep drinking.
Are exposed to warm or hot conditions
As people are exposed to warmer conditions, their
body temperatures will rise as a reaction to cool the body, resulting
in more perspiration. This can happen whether they are being
active or not. Without proper fluid intake, this change in climate
could leave people having the uncomfortable effects of dehydration.
That is not something someone on a vacation wants to experience!
Carry around a water bottle while in warmer conditions. Also,
warmer conditions could be in a workplace. If that is the case,
always make sure that you are paying a visit to the water cooler,
or have a water bottle at your workstation.
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