You consider yourself a healthy person. You train your body. You visit your doctor periodically and get yourself checked. You are conscious of what you eat and you have a balanced diet that you mostly stick to. You make up for deficiencies and help your body to heal.You are doing great!
Yet, there’s something very significant that you missed out, something absolutely essential but so commonplace that it’s easy to overlook it. Water.
Water accounts for a whopping 60% of our body weight. The work it does is endless: cushioning your joints, carrying wastes, keeping the body temperature normal, amongst many. Lack of adequate water leads to dehydration.
We know the oft-repeated mantra: drink at least 8 glasses of water. While it might be appropriate for some, it’s not an entirely correct measure. The quantity of water we need to drink depends on a number of factors.
The weather is a factor. When it’s hot and humid, and one sweats profusely, you need to drink more water. If you do something that makes you sweat a lot, like working out, you need more fluids.
Certain health conditions or diseases require you to increase your water intake. Say you are suffering from diarrhea. You will need to increase our fluid intake and consume oral rehydration solutions or whatever your doctor recommends. Pregnant women should drink more water. It depends on your weight and height as well.
It can be said that men need to consume 3 to 4 liters daily, while it’s 2 to 3 liters per day for women. Depending on the aforementioned factors, it might increase.
When we say water, we mean fluids. It includes your supplements, the water content in fruits and vegetables, and juices as well.