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10 Powerful Reasons to Drink Water

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Since our bodies are mostly water, we need to keep in good water balance to avoid getting dehydrated. Drinking water can help us stay in good fluid balance. Another bonus is that water has no calories.

How Much Liters of Water People Should Drink a Day? Why? a man drinks fresh water

A person’s body loses, during an average day in a temperate climate approximately 2.5 litres of water. This can be through the lungs as water vapor, through the skin as sweat, or through the kidneys as urine. Some water is also lost through the bowels.

In warm or humid weather or during heavy exertion, however, the water loss can increase by an order of magnitude or more through perspiration — all of which must be promptly replaced. In extreme cases, the losses may be great enough to exceed the body’s ability to absorb water from the gastrointestinal tract; in these cases, it is not possible to drink enough water to stay hydrated, and the only way to avoid dehydration is to reduce perspiration.

Why We Should Drink Water?

Since our bodies are mostly water, we need to keep in good water balance to avoid getting dehydrated. Drinking water can help us stay in good fluid balance. Another bonus is that water has no calories.

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It’s known that soda drinks are very dehydrating. Similar is being said about coffee and tea, due to Caffeine’s diuretic qualities (it makes you urinate more frequently), but there is a lot of controversy about this subject. Most likely is consumed in moderate dozes it shouldn’t be a problem.

When doing intensive sports, one hears a lot about hypotonic and isotonic drinks, which are designed to quickly replace fluids lost through sweating. There are also the hypertonic drinks, which are solutions with a higher carbohydrate electrolyte concentration than body fluids and those aren’t good for hydration.

Drinking water is extremely important, especially on hot days. However, even on cold days, you lose fluids while breathing cold air, so fluids are still important. For that reason, make sure to drink before, during and after your activity. Drinking water is perhaps the easiest way to minimize unnecessary joint and muscle pain, and can reduce fatigue. Water is an excellent choice, but 100% pure fruit juices (not fruit ‘drinks’ or fruit punch-type beverages), milk and vegetable juices are also good. Special “sports drinks” are not necessary for light to moderate activity, however they might be beneficial during vigorous activity lasting longer than 1 hour.

Here are 10 Powerful Reasons to Drink Water (with tips on how to form the water habit afterwards):

  1. Heart Healthy. Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risks of a heart attack.
  2. Energy. Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired — even mild dehydration of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated — and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
  3. Cleansing. Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
  4. Headache Cure. Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.
  5. Weight Loss. Water is one of the best tools for weight loss, first of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. But it’s also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar.
  6. Healthy Skin. Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.
  7. Digestive Problems. Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (often a result of dehydration).
  8. Good Mood. Your body fells very good that’s why you soul feels happy.
  9. Cancer Risk. Related to the digestive system item above, drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  10. Better Exercise. Being dehydrated can severely hamper your athletic activities, slowing you down and making it harder to lift weights. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise.

The Amount of Water We Drink per Day

The amount of water we drink depends on what on what we do each day.

If we are at work, and we are at the office all day then we’ll drink between 1 to 2 litres of water between 8.30am and 5.00pm

If we are having a factory trial or we are at the factory playing with machinery, then it’s anything between 2-4 litres because its always very hot down there.

If we go out for drinks with friends/work colleagues, then we match a glass of water/soft drink for every glass/shot of alcohol we have, or at least we try to remember to do it.

If we are out doing sports, we’ll consume an extra 2 litres of our sports drink (just gatorate powder in water) before we’ve finished a training session for out-rigging/dragon boat or football, or just 1 litre of water if it’s just the gym.

We don’t really aim to drink a specified amount of water per day. We just drink what we need for our body to feel comfortable.

Level of Water for Adults

For healthy sedentary adults living in temperate climates:

Men: 125 oz (3.7 liters) of water per day from all dietary sources
Women: 91 oz (2.7 liters) of water per day from all dietary sources

For most people, this amount of water per day is a lot more than they normally drink. The requirement for men is roughly 1 gallon per day. How many of you men out there drink this much water every single day? For the women, 91 ounces is roughly 3 quarts.

However, an exercising athlete can lose enormous quantities of body water through perspiration. The recommendations listed above don’t apply to endurance athletes.

How Much You Need to Drink Water rose in the glass of water

The optimum amount of water you should drink depends on your body weight. The fatter you are, the more you need to drink.

Take one-half of the amount of your weight in pounds and convert that to ounces and that is how many ounces you should be drinking. Thus, if you weigh 128 pounds, you should be drinking 64 ounces a day. If you weigh 300 pounds, you need to drink 150 ounces a day. You can’t just categorize any liquid consumption as being adequate to meet the recommended amount– for example, coffee is a diuretic and causes you to lose water, so you wouldn’t want to try meeting your daily water requirements with large quantities of that.

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