How much water should you be drinking?
Is there a certain amount of water that I should be drinking in order to stay hydrated? There is no simple answer to this question. Everyone will require a different amount of water based on a variety of external factors, ranging from their size right through to the temperature. It is, however, important to know how much you should be aiming for.
Water for your Health
Water is vital for your survival. Every cell, which makes up your entire body, needs water to function properly. For example, water:
• Allows for waste to be removed from your body through urination, perspiration and bowel movements
• Regulates your body temperature
• Acts as a lubricant for the joints
• Protects sensitive tissue areas
When you do not drink enough water, you become dehydrated, this means that there is not enough water in your body to carry out these functions. This will drain you of your energy causing you to feel fatigued.
So, how much water do I need?
Every day you lose fluids through perspiration, bowel movements, urine and through breathing. The goal is to replenish all the fluids which you are losing. For this, the average healthy male should consume about 3 litres and the average female, 2 litres. Often, you can tell if you are hydrated or dehydrated by the colour of your urine. Aim for the colour to be a pale yellow and you can be assured that you are getting the right amount of water.
The classic, drink 8 glasses of water per day is a good guideline too. If you use this as a target for the day and adjust according to your level of activity, as well as the temperature, you should be hitting the spot. Just remember to fill up your bottle and keep sipping on water throughout the day, even when you are not thirsty.
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