Let’s Talk About The Importance Of Water
Water is the most important thing that we consume. It is even more important than food, even though we need that too. Getting enough water each and every day is very important to your health. Most of the quantity of water that you need is met by drinking water throughout the day, but you can also get some fluids through foods with high water content like celery, melons, and tomatoes. Water makes up about 60 percent of your total body weight and your body depends on it to survive. It is needed for every cell, tissue and of course organ to function properly. It helps to get rid of waste through urination, perspiration and bowel movements. Water helps to keep your temperature normal, lubricate and cushion joints, digestion, and even circulation. A lack of water leads to dehydration and can cause a loss of energy and even a loss of bodily functions.
How Much Water Should You Drink Every Day?
Well, it seems like such a simple question, but the answer is actually, IT DEPENDS. Every day you lose water through breathing, sweating, urinating and just moving around. For your body to function properly, you need to keep the water supply filled by drinking water and foods that contain water. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine , an adequate daily intake for a female is about 11.5 cups (2.7 Liters) and a male about 15.5 cups( 3.7 Liters). Most people can stay hydrated by drinking fluids with meals and when they are hungry. But, other people might need a little more.
Factors That Influence Water Needs
There are certain factors that might affect how much more water you should be consuming. Some examples of individuals who may need more water include the following:
- Environment: If you live in a hot and humid environment, like New Orleans, you will sweat a lot more than people in a cooler environment. Dehydration happens quicker in hotter environments, but did you know it can occur at high altitudes?
- Exercise: If you do a lot of daily exercise, you will need more water. It is very important to drink water before, during and after a workout. If you work in a hot environment or your occupation requires physical exertion, you will also need to consume more water.
- Pregnancy or Breastfeeding: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, need a lot more water to stay hydrated. Women who breastfeed need to consume about 13 cups or 3.1 liters of fluid a day.
- Health: If you are sick with a fever, diarrhea or vomiting, you will need to consume more fluids. Other conditions like a bladder infection or kidney stones may also influence how much water you should consume daily. Consult your doctor for more information.
- Athletes: If you are an athlete who participates in long or intense workouts, make sure that you drink enough water.
Although it is uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. This is called hyponatrmia and occurs when the kidneys cannot excrete the excess water and the sodium content of the blood is diluted and can be life threatening.