How To Make Sure You Are Drinking Enough Good Water For Your Health

How To Make Sure You Are Drinking Enough Good Water For Your Health

It is so obvious is water to us that we often neglect its importance and disparage it.

Watch this informative video I’ve made about the importance of water and how much water we need, or just continue reading:

 

The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The body is made up of approximately 55 to 75 percent water. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine, and perspiration and is contained in lean muscle tissue, fat and bone tissue.

As the body can’t store water, we need fresh supplies daily to make up for losses from our lungs, skin, urine and feces.

Water is necessary to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in our body, keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through our blood vessels, help eliminate the byproducts of the body’s metabolism, help flush out toxins, regulate body temperature through sweating, lubricate and cushion joints and carry nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, just to name a few. Drinking refreshing, clean water plays a significant role in reducing the risk of certain diseases.

Maintaining hydration is essential for skin health, weight management, and stress management. Water is an excellent anti-ageing nutrient, and it is great for mental clarity.

The loss of body water through urination is substantially increased by the ingestion of decaffeinated and alcoholic beverages. These drinks have a diuretic effect, meaning they stimulate the kidneys to excrete more urine. Not only do we lose water, but we also lose water-soluble vitamins in the process, such as vitamin C, and B vitamins. For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, you need to add a glass of pure water.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables will supply about 4 cups of water per day. Even with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, it is still necessary to drink more water per day to supply enough water to meet the body’s daily needs.

How Much Water Is Enough?

To calculate the amount of water you need to consume a day multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.14 to get the number of cups of water you need to drink daily.

More cups are required for physically active people, children, people in hot or humid environments, and breastfeeding mothers. Less water may be needed for sedentary people, older people, people living or working in a cold environment or individuals who eat a lot of high water content foods.

water pouring in a glass

Dehydration occurs when the water content of the body is too small. This is easily corrected by increasing fluid intake. Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, lethargy, mood changes and slow responses, dry nasal passages, dry or cracked lips, dark-colored urine, weakness, tiredness, and confusion.

It is helpful to track the amount of water we drink to make sure we are drinking enough.

But, what about the water source?

Will any water do?

The answer to that is a straightforward NO.

High levels of chlorine used to disinfect water and fluoride used to stop dental decay found in tap water have been linked to diseases when consumed in excess.

The best way to avoid any health interference from water is to ensure you have a good water filter at home. Water filters are available for any pocket and do the job of providing you and your family have a clean and steady water supply awaiting you.

When water is readily accessible, you and your family will tend to drink more.

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