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Nutrition

Are you drinking enough water?

by Valentino Perrina

 

Drinking enough water every day could make a huge difference in your lifestyle. A study of 2,000 people from the US found just 22 percent drink the USDA recommended eight to 10 glasses a day.Instead, the average American is drinking only half the recommended amount – consuming just five glasses a day. Your individual water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. Although everyone’s needs may vary, this will help you estimate how much water YOU should be consuming. Water intake varies within age, gender, illness, temperature, physical activity levels, and psychological condition. 

 

To breakdown just how important water is, we have some studies to share with you:

 

Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 50% to 70% of your body weight. Your body depends on water to survive.

Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, water:

If you fail to fuel your body with water, this will lead to dehydration. Even a mild case of dehydration can drain your energy and make you feel tired. 

How much water should you drink? Men vs women

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:

What happens if you don’t drink enough water? 

Whatever you do, make sure you get in those six to eight glasses, otherwise dehydration could cause a whole host of problems. Here are a few side effects: 

 

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Author: Valentino Perrina