All throughout the day, our bodies lose water through our sweat and urine glands; you may not be working up a sweat purposely, but you are still losing water. Thus, you have to replenish your body regularly with water. Sorry, but soft drinks don’t count toward this requisite.
Soda and coffee are normally highly caffeinated; they are considered diuretic and can dehydrate anyone. Even more alarming, fruit juices, sodas and other sweetened drinks are key sources of fructose, which will ultimately worsen one’s health.
Artificially sweetened beverages can deteriorate one’s health as well. This is why we need to consume pure water. However, how much water do we need on a daily basis? The common school of thought is for us to consume eight glasses of water per day. Naturally, every one of our bodies is different; eight water glasses may be too much for you and not sufficient water for me.
The requirement of water can also vary severely on a day-to-day basis; of course, this depends on several factors, which include the level of your activity and weather.
It is fortunate that our bodies are structured to tell us when we need to replenish our water supplies, which we know as thirst. Even when we feel we are not thirsty, there is a simple way to gauge whether or not we need to consume more water.
Once the body has lost as little as two percent of water content, this will signify its desires by making us thirsty. Thus, thirst as a gauge to how much water we need to consume is an essential way to make sure our individual needs are met daily.
However, many times we are already dehydrated by the time the thirst mechanism takes effect. Many studies reveal that approximately 2/3 of men and women are dehydrated and need to consume more water.
Especially for the elderly, this is particularly true. Thus, it is prudent to learn of many of our body signals, no matter how subtle, which calls for us to drink more water. Remember, the recommended amount of water an adult should drink daily (regardless of his/her age) should be at least 6-8 glasses of water.
Lastly, drinking offers a whirlwind of benefits. It not only helps in flushing toxins from your body, it can help keep your weight down and your skin clear. How much water do you drink each day? Is it enough?