So, we all know that we need to drink water to stay alive. And we hear all the time that we should be drinking significant amounts of the stuff each day to keep healthy. And yet some people still report not drinking any fresh water at any time during the day! So why don’t we? Well, keep reading to get our take on how and why you can drink more each day and live a far healthier lifestyle.
Did you know that by the time you are feeling thirsty you are already dehydrated? Doctors tells us that the brain is warning us that we need to start drinking to reverse the lack of water in your body. Most of us can only live a few days without water and so the brain has an important role in ensuring we drink enough each day to keep us alive and functioning at our best. And when you consider that something like 70 percent of your body is made up of water, you sort of get the idea just how important it is.
We need water to keep our kidneys functioning properly, our skin in tip-top condition and reduce the incidence of dry skin and rashes. All our organs need it, as do our cells, and of course it helps to regulate our temperature, and reduce the incidence of headaches. And when you consider how much water is lost each hour though sweating, breathing and of course going to the bathroom, you can see why we need to keep our body topped up throughout the day.
Now I hear some of you saying that you drink plenty of coffee, soft drinks, cordial or alcohol, so what’s the problem? Unfortunately many of those drinks also contain lots of sugar and other additives which make the body work harder to extract them before gaining any benefit from the actual water in the drinks. So the best thing you can do each day is to keep up a steady supply of fresh, clean water that will be of immediate benefit to your body and not contain any calories or additives.
But how much should you drink? For years experts have told us to drink seven to eight glasses of water daily, but in recent years we have heard that change to such things as:
- drinking half your body weight in ounces (i.e. if you weigh 180 pounds, then drink 90 oz of water)
- 9 cups for women and 13 for men
- around three litres of fluid a day (including coffee, soup, and all liquids)
- keeping an eye on your urine (light yellow is okay, while dark/strong/smelly needs more water), or just take a drink before/after each bathroom visit
- and of course the 8 x 8oz glasses of water traditional approach.
So while the jury may still be out on exactly how much water you need to drink each day, we think listening to your body is still the best way. If you feel like you are thirsty you have left it too late and need to keep ahead of those feelings/urges. And the best way of doing that is to use of the above as a rough guide and then set in place a plan to take regular drinks of fresh water throughout your day. We aim to drink three litres (six pints) of water each day apart from any other drinks or beverages we may have, and that seems to work for us.
Drinking more fresh water can be made easier by doing simple things like:
- carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go during the day
- drink a glass of water with every meal or snack
- eat lots of water-dense fruits and veggies throughout the day
- download an app to your smartphone to remind you
- keep an eye on your urine and adjust your intake accordingly
- drink water you enjoy – this might mean investing in a water filter at home for instance or keeping it chilled.
So now you know, there is no longer any excuse. You need to drink more water and your body depends upon it throughout the day. The only decision left is just how you will do it and how much you will drink each day. And if you have any doubts, please consult with your health professional for some expert advice. Please drop us a comment below to let us know how you go and what you have in place to remind you to drink more water throughout the day.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling life.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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