Most of us take water for granted and underestimate the importance of water, especially for our health and wellness. The human body is made up of between 55% – 75% water depending on body size and where you get you get your information from. Needless to say it’s quite substantial.
Importance of water
Water plays several critical roles in our bodies and provides numerous benefits. Some of the major benefits include:
-It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration.
-Water helps flush out toxins from the body and get rid of waste through urine and sweat.
-Drinking sufficient water boosts metabolism, helps digestion and prevents constipation.
-Helps relieve fatigue, by helping your body function better.
-Headaches and migraines are often caused by dehydration, so stay hydrated at all times.
-Helps in weight loss, as some claim that drinking a glass of water before a meal suppresses appetite reducing the chance of over eating.
How much to drink?
There is no standard magical number of liters or ounces recommended as there are so many variables that must be factored in. Every day you lose water through perspiration, urine and bowel movements, and even breath. You must replenish your body’s water supply for it to function efficiently by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. Factors to take into account include:
-How active are you?
-How much do you weigh?
-What is the environment you are in like? Hot, dry, humid, damp, cold?
There are several online calculators that help you determine your recommended daily intake of water, but keep in mind that different calculators present different results. I have read several sources suggesting between 2.2 – 3.5 liters daily, more if you train constantly. I have also read a few suggesting to drink enough water so that you need to urinate every 2-4 hours.
Don’t ever underestimate the importance of water for your body. Instead of drinking soda, do yourself a favor and grab a glass of water instead. Not only are you doing yourself a favor but you’re dramatically reducing the amount of sugar you would consume.