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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:

  1. Acts as a building material for cells.
  2. Regulates internal body temperature that includes respiration.
  3. The protein and carbohydrates that we eat are transported by water in the body after it is metabolized.
  4. Helps clear out toxins through urination.
  5. Forms saliva and helps lubricate joints.
  6. 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.
  • Fatigue.
  • Weakness.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fainting.
  • Inability to sweat.
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • 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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Comments

Kasman wrote on July 18, 2014, 5:59 PM

Be careful not to drink too much in too short a period. There is something called 'water intoxication' - drinking too much water - which can be fatal. Wikipedia has an interesting article on it.

Kementari wrote on July 18, 2014, 6:54 PM

Drinking too much water can be fatal, especially if it's taken in within a short period of time. But your body needs a minimum of 2-3 liters a day and more if you are exercising. But if you're drinking closer to 5-8 liters then of course you should back off on it.

Ellis wrote on July 18, 2014, 9:08 PM

I thought drinking too much water in a short time was called drowning...

paradise1897 wrote on July 19, 2014, 9:07 AM

My Mother and I have been talking about this lately. Very informative and important article thanks.

Kementari wrote on July 19, 2014, 2:31 PM

Indeed you can drown yourself if you drink way too much water. Too much of anything good will always default to a negative reaction. I was mainly just trying to point out that people really don't drink as much as they should.

Ellis wrote on July 19, 2014, 2:37 PM

And I was just joking with you....sorry, forgot the smiley face...

Kementari wrote on July 19, 2014, 7:19 PM

Oh, aha sorry! I tend to be really bad at picking up sarcasm and humor through text!

Kementari wrote on July 19, 2014, 7:19 PM

Your absolutely welcome! It's important that everyone, regardless of age, gets what their body needs.

AdrienneJenkins wrote on July 22, 2014, 4:47 PM

I have made a mistake recently with drinking fruit smoothies. Each smoothie I was making was 16 ounces x 2 servings. So 32 ounces or 4 cups. That's a lot of liquid in a short amount of time so I'm having to gauge that a bit better going forward.

SheenaDJ wrote on July 26, 2014, 12:22 PM

Such an informative article. I know that I am dehydrated. I don't drink enough water and I don't know why, I just don't like it. I like soft drinks more than water and I know that it's bad for my health. People who don't drink enough water is more prone of having Urinary Tract Infection which I kinda feel now. But I am just asking myself, the 11th effect when I am dehydrated is weight gain. If it is true, why am I not gaining weight? I would rather consider weight gain a benefit for me if it is true. Haha.

ashuli wrote on October 10, 2014, 7:06 AM

drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily is really very important and one shouldnt avoid doing this

Glenn wrote on December 23, 2014, 7:40 PM

Dehydration can also cause headaches. When I get one, it's usually because I wasn't drinking enough water that day. Instead of taking an aspirin, I just make sure I catch up with drinking water and the headache usually subsides. I try to keep a glass next to me while working at my desk, so I take a sip every so often throughout the day. I can easily go through four or five glasses in a day. I also carry water with me when I'm hiking.