It sounds so simple, but do you drink enough? Do you know what the recommended requirement is?
I did a little research and found out that the “average” recommended requirement is 64oz. for the average adult. Most of the sites that I looked at varied a little, but the consensus is the same. Water is good for you and drink a lot of it!
I’ve heard it said that you need “8×8″ meaning “eight 8 ounce glasses” per day, or 64 ounces. I’ve also heard to take your weight and divide it by 2. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink approx. 75 ounces. Remember that these are suggested guidelines for the average adult. If you exercise a lot, are breastfeeding or consume high amounts of pre-packed foods (normally high in sodium) foods, you need more.
Water is so beneficial!
From one site:
Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
Weight loss – Water is truly the best negative calorie food there is, a glass of water contains no calories and taking it before a meal will mean you stomach will be a bit full and you can get away without having to eat the extra food.
Ph balance – The human body needs a 7+ Ph range so that it can function properly. Drinking enough water throughout the day helps to maintain this balance.
Healthy Heart – We have talked plenty about how to keep your heart healthy, but a study done in the Loma Linda university in California, involving 20k healthy men and woman in the age range of 38 to 100 years, came up with the results that those who drank enough water throughout the day had 41% in women and 54% in men, were less likely to have a heart attack. But this does not works with other liquid, so if you substitute water with milk, tea, coffee etc. then you will have increased chances of heart attack, which is to be precise – in women it is 50% and 46% in men.
Healthy Skin – Those of you who have wasted plenty of time and money in expensive cosmetics will be quite surprised to hear that drinking enough water throughout the day is just sufficient for having a natural glowing skin. For long term skin benefits, just keep drinking water regularly.
Helps keep dehydration away – for keeping your body properly hydrated, one must drink enough water throughout the day.
Pain relief – Water is said to help people with joints pain, when the body is properly hydrated then muscles are more elastic and gets less strain and prevents joints pain.
Remove toxins – Water removes toxins from the body and keep it nice and clean. So, water is a good cleansing tool as well.
Metabolism – Water improves your metabolism which is another reason why it helps you with weight loss. There are other foods that helps boost your metabolism like probiotics for example, but water is easily available and costs nothing.
Kidney health – Kidney requires enough water to keep filtering the liquid waste from our body, lack of water can result in a lot of problems as the liquid in the kidney needs to be diluted before removing.
Prevent cancer – Drinking good amount of water everyday helps in keeping bladder and colon cancer away.
Restoring energy and feeling fresh – water keeps the body well hydrated which makes us feel a lot fresh and thus restores a lot of energy by which we can easily carry about a lot of work.
Headache solution – while there can be many reasons for having a headache, for most common reasons, dehydration is responsible. Drinking enough water throughout the day can keep the headache away and also if you got headache, drinking some water can help cure it.
Constipation – Water, along with foods which are high in roughage content, like salads helps in curing and keeping constipation away. Several diseases like gastric or heartburn etc. can be kept at bay, if water is taken regularly.
Body temperature – Water helps in controlling body temperature, this is especially important for the athletes or those who are working out. Water is preferred over other liquids because our body absorbs water much better than any other liquid.
Helps sickness – Drinking water helps in getting well sooner as being sick leaves us with low water in our body. This can make us even dehydrated and to prevent this, we just need to drink more water.
Nutrient transport – Water helps in sending the nutrients from one place of our body to another, thus making a constant flow which helps our body to function properly.
Pregnant woman – At the time of pregnancy, the body’s need of adequate water is very important to keep the nutrients flowing and keeping the infections etc. away.
There are plenty of health benefits of drinking water, however for most people; drinking water makes them feel good. Start your day with a glass of fresh drinking water; it is the best way to start a day.
Here’s my daily consumption. A grand total of 82.7 ounces! Go Nana!
I like my regular water at room temp. My bubble water, refrigerator cold (I always look for the kind with no sodium). And, my flavored water on ice. Now I’m sure the added powdered flavor isn’t the best, but I don’t do it often and normally it means I don’t grab that afternoon soda, so I figure it’s okay once in awhile.