We’ve all heard it.
"You need 64 ounces of water every day.’‘
"Have you had your two litres of water today?’'
A person needs to consume 1 ml of water for every calorie of food they consume.2000 calories, 2000 ml.’
According to the National Institute of Medicine, most women need to consume 91 ounces of water every day! Tips to drink those eight glasses of water find their way in fitness blogs and glossy magazines. It’s true that your body needs water just like it needs sunshine
every morning, but is 8 the magic number or a myth? Let’s find out!
Water is good for you. Really, really good.
Let’s get it straight. Water is amazing – it’s your ticket to good health. Apart from flushing out your toxins, maintaining a healthy metabolism, and improving your complexion, it’s full of benefits no one knew about. So keep that bottle handy, and don’t stop drinking.
It’s your vial of energy, and it drains everyday
.The thing is, our bodies lose water every day – as you sweat, digest food, and even as you breathe. You dehydrate while you sleep, as you exercise and even when you travel.
What most of us don’t know is that you lose water as you go about your daily chores - it’s a part of your everyday routine (which includes getting dehydrated as you drink your morning cup of coffee, or sip on that occasional glass of wine). And you are probably losing it as you read this article. Which is why we’ll tell you an age-old secret: all of that needs to be replaced.
What happens if you don’t replace the water?
A lot of things - including migraines, cottonmouth, and darker urine (which is never a good sign) just to begin with – and these are only a few of the things you need to worry about. On a more serious note, you are also looking at possible dehydration if you aren’t getting your liquids in – so if you don’t want to deal with extreme fatigue, a rapid heart rate, and lightheadedness, you should probably pick up that bottle right away. It’s important to get your daily intake of water, yes. But how much?
How many glasses have you had?
The truth is that it there is no medical measure for the daily amount of water people need – it differs from person to person, based on what you eat, where you stay and most importantly, how you live. It depends on a lot of factors. If you eat right, you can get ~20% of your daily intake through your food. And while tea, juices, green and leafy veggies, and even beer can keep you hydrated; it’s a good idea to keep a carafe handy. Usually water is enough to rehydrate adults. If you are looking for something with more taste, try a Popsicle or clear broth. Occasionally, the electrolyte-rich sports drink will also help, especially post a session of prolonged physical activity (like an hour of cardio or a long hour of household cleaning).
NEWSFLASH: There’s something like too much water.
That being said, it’s also possible to drink too much water (yes, even if it only has zero calories). For one, it can completely throw your body’s sodium levels out of control, and that’s never a good thing. This condition, called Hyponatremia, can be very fatal indeed – so it’s best to listen to your body.
So when do you drink water?
Drink water when you are thirsty. Stop when you are full. Make up for your fluid loss by drinking more in the summer, when you are exercising, or simply nursing a cold. Drink when you want to, don’t drink because you have to.
Remember – it’s not about eight glasses or ten; it’s about what your body needs and it is doing an excellent job of keeping track of your hydration needs.
Now drink away.
But make sure you are thirsty.