Water: How much should you drink every day?
When the topic of water is raised, one basic question we find ourselves asking is how many glasses of water should one take in a day. While others can take more than the required amount, others also are unable to meet the target. Some studies would say 6-8 glasses of water in a day.
It’s simple to ask the question “how much water should one drink in a day yet, it comes with no easy answer. Although needs vary by individual, water is an essential aspect of good health.
I believe each individual water needs depend on several factors which includes health, your activeness, and your surroundings. Have in mind that no single formula fits everyone but knowing yourself and understanding your body will help you stimulate how much water you be drinking.
What are some health benefits of drinking water?
All human body depends on water to survive. Water makes up about 60% of our body weight. Studies prove every cell, tissue, and organ in the body is dependent on water to work effectively. For example, water helps to
- Get rid of wastes in the body through urination, perspiration and bowel movements
- Keep the bodies temperature normal
- Improve the colour of the skin
- Prevent cramps and sprains (Effective hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic)
- Boosts Immune System
How much water do you need?
Like we said before, water helps us to get rid of wastes in the body through urination, perspiration and bowel movements. In other words, we also lose water through perspiration, urine and bowel movements. That’s why replenishing the body with water is required for proper functioning. This can be done by not only taking in water(H2O) but by also consuming beverages and foods that contain water. Meaning it’s not necessary to take 8 glasses of water if your body can not contain it.
Research determines that an adequate daily fluid intake is:
- About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men
- About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
What about the drinking of 8 glasses a day?
I guess our ears are probably also used to hearing “Drink eight 8 glasses of water a day.”This is something that is easy to remember. Most people can stay hydrated by drinking water or other fluids whenever they feel they’re thirsty. Although others might need more and others are just okay with less than 8 glasses of water in a day.
Body sizes, composition, and activity level vary greatly from person to person. While some peoples activities and the environment is causing them to drink more or fewer glasses of water, others body, activities and environment wouldn’t require same. In other words, some can take way lesser than 8 glasses of water and others can even take more.
With all this analysis, it’s clear that water needs are highly individual.
If you really want to keep things simple, just listen to your body and let thirst be your guide.
Make up for loss of fluid by drinking more during hot weather and exercise.
Note however that, some people consciously remind themselves of drinking water even when they are not thirsty.
Factors that influence water needs
- Exercise. You need to drink extra water to cover the fluid loss whenever you exercise. Drinking water is important before, during and after every workout. If exercise is intense and lasts longer, it is best to use sports drinks that contain sodium, as this will help replace sodium lost in sweat.
- Environment. Its known that hydration occurs most during hot or humid weather which makes the body to produce sweat. In other to stay hydrated, we are to take in fluids to replace the lost ones. In such weather, some are able to consume more than 8 glasses of water in a day due to how rapid they loss water from their system.
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding. Every woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding needs additional fluid to stay hydrated. Women’s Health recommends that pregnant women drink about 10 cups (2.4 liters) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume about 13 cups (3.1 liters) of fluids a day.
Staying safely hydrated
How do you know if you are safely hydrated or your fluid intake is adequate?
Always remember to drink water before, during and after exercise. Drink water if you’re feeling hungry and thirsty.