Do you drink enough water?
How much water do we need?
So we know that we need several different things to survive, namely being water, food, shelter and some type of protection from the weather (shelter and clothing). We need to be able to keep ourselves warm and cooler when dealing with hot and cold days. But rather than focusing on the clothing we wear, the food we eat, or the activities we do throughout the day, I want you to focus on the amount of water you drink.
The average adult human being needs to have anywhere from 2.3-3 liters of water a day, and that's for both male and females. So lets put this into perspective. 2 liters of water is 67 ounces and 3 liters of water is 100 ounces. This is what you need to maintain a healthy body and does not include any water that your body loses through sweat when you are exercising or out in the hot sun. If you do exercise you need to drink more, on top of the 2-3 liters a day.
Just to note the average adult female should be drinking 2.3 liters a day and the average adult male should be drinking 3 liters a day.
What does water help with?
Here are some interesting facts that water intake helps you with:
- Acts as a building material for cells.
- Regulates internal body temperature that includes respiration.
- The protein and carbohydrates that we eat are transported by water in the body after it is metabolized.
- Helps clear out toxins through urination.
- Forms saliva and helps lubricate joints.
- Reduces hunger (most of the time people eat when really they are thirsty).
It does many other things as well, but those are just a few. Of course you can get your liquid intake up to where it needs to be by getting water from food and through other liquids as well.
What happens when I am dehydrated?
- Increased thirst.
- Decreased urine output.
- Inability to sweat.
- Internal body issues such as metabolic syndrome.
- Weight gain.
The list can go on and on but I think you can get the point from what I have pointed out. The reason why I wanted to do a post on this was because I am working on my healthy lifestyle and one of the things that I am trying to do is increase my water intake. I tend to only really drink a lot of water when I am playing soccer and that's not nearly enough and have experienced many of the symptoms above and to be honest I would rather go to the washroom a million times than have weight gain and metabolic syndrome.
I'll be creating a poll to see how much you drink and I'll be listing the negatives versus the benefits in another post later on!
Thanks for reading!
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