All humans need water to survive. It is a simple fact of life. But staying well hydrated is a critical aspect in helping the body function as best as possible and keeping us in the best shape possible. Making up 50%-80% of our body is water, and it may be unknown to you, but all the chemical processes that happen in our body take place in the water stored in our body.
There are a variety of functions having enough water will help in improving overall health, including:
- Regulating body temperature
- Brain function
- Prevents dehydration
- Aids metabolism
- Transports oxygen around the body
- Flushing waste from the body
- Physical performance
- Assists digestion
- Protects organs and tissues
- Improves moods
- Aids with nutrient absorption
- Improves energy
- Helps battle illnesses
- Improves the appearance of skin
- Plus many more
How Much Water Should You Drink?
The amount of water you should drink varies on the individual with factors to consider such as a person’s age, what you’re eating, medical conditions and the temperature your body is enduring.
As a general guide, the following is what people need for benefits for water to be seen and felt:
- Women: approximately 8 cups per day. Add an extra cup if pregnant
- Men: approximately 10 cups
- Teenagers: approximately 10 cups between 6 to 8 cups
- Children: approximately 4 cups
- Babies: approximately 0.7 to 0.8 litres of breast milk or formula
Please seek medical advice to discuss the correct amount of water your body needs. People who can’t get rid of water from the body efficiently, such as people with chronic kidney disease, heart failure or liver disease, please seek medical advice.
If you feel you do not have enough water, a simple way to indicate dehydration is through your urine. A simple urine test you can conduct yourself by a urine colour chart. In contrary to dehydration, to many people’s surprise, you can also drink too much water, leading to hyponatremia, which is a dangerous condition that dilutes the sodium in the blood.
If you want to know more about the benefits of water and how it can directly help you we advise you to speak directly with your doctor and retain recommended water intake for your overall wellbeing.
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