Water works like fuel in our body, just like a certain amount of oil is necessary for cooking; in the same way, a certain amount of water in our body is necessary to keep us going.
In this modern world, people forget to stay hydrated; in the everyday chaos, it gets tough for people to consume the right amount of water every day, which then leads to a number of problems in the body.
Lack of hydration damages every single part of our body
It is imperative to stay hydrated, though the Thirst for water changes according to the season.
During summer, one might crave more water than in the winter season. This happens because, during extreme summer temperatures, the hydration level in our body decreases way too harshly; try stepping out in the sun when the heat temperature is at its peak and then coming back home; you will see yourself getting way too thirsty than you were before.
Similarly, try stepping out when the winter is too chilly and cold; you will forget to drink water.
As mentioned before, people are way too busy in this modern era, making their life intriguing to work. As they are stuck up in their entire routine, it gets difficult to remember the smallest things, such as drinking water.
But this should not be forgotten. Our body literally works on hydrogen, and if a certain amount of hydrogen is not given to the body, our body starts to act up.
It’s an easy question with no simple answer. Studies have shown different recommendations over the years. But your individual water need depends on many factors, including where you live, how active you are, and your overall health.
Never a single formula fits everyone. But getting to know more about your body’s need for liquid will help you approximate how much water you need to drink in a day.
Daily you lose water through sweating, breath, urine, and bowel movements. For your body to function perfectly, you must refill your water supply by consuming foods and beverages containing water.
So how much fluid average, healthy adult who lives in a mild climate need? The study done by The U.S. National Academies of science and Engineering determined that an adequate amount of daily liquid intake is:
Around 15.5 cups (3.7 - liters) of fluid in a day for men.
Around 11.5 cups (2.7 - liters) of fluid in a day for women.
This advice covers fluids from water, other foods, and beverages. Around 20% of fluid normally comes from food; the remaining is from drinks.
Many people affirm that your energy levels and brain function will suffer if you do not stay hydrated the whole day.
Many studies support this:
A study on women showed that a fluid loss of 1.36 % after exercising decreases mood and concentration and increases the frequency of headaches.
One more study in China, followed by 12 men at a university, established that not drinking water for 36 hours had observable effects on fatigue, awareness and focus, reaction speed, and shortness of memory.
Even lenient dehydration can decrease physical performance. A clinical research study on healthy older men describes that just 1% loss of body water decreases their muscle strength, power, and endurance.
Water is you’re body’s essential chemical element and makes up around 50% to 70% of your body weight. Your body relies on water to survive. Each and every cell, tissue, and organ in your body require water to function accurately.
Insufficient water in your body can lead to dehydration - a condition in which you don’t have enough water to accomplish normal functions.
It’s not a usual occurrence. We see this most frequently in marathon runners or those in endurance sports. Drinking excessive water at a single time can cause diluted sodium levels in your body; it’s called hyponatremia.
However, you would have to drink no specific amount of water to cause hyponatremia. It is just a matter of taking more water than your kidneys can process in a certain amount of time.
Water not only regulates your body but also energizes your entire body. After a tiresome day, every person only wants one thing: water. Water works as an energy provider for the body, which is why it is called the fuel of the body.
It is essential to consume proper quantities of water every day and not waste it as it is an essential source to rejuvenate our body from time to time.
For many years we have been told to drink a minimum of 8 glasses every day. Although in reality, that advice isn’t perfect for everyone. Increasing water consumption may benefit your health, especially for skin and weight loss.
Drinking 3 liters of water daily may help meet your needs, but it’s not essential for everyone. Actually, drinking too much water could be dangerous. To make sure your body is hydrated, drink when you feel thirsty and, in any case, listen to your body.
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