The truth is, you might be dehydrated and not even know it. In this post, we are not only going to prove that you probably don’t drink enough water but show you how to drink more water.
Here are some things you should know;
Being attentive to the amount of water you drink each day is important for optimal health. Most people only drink when they’re thirsty, which barely ever happens and this leaves them drinking only 2-3 cups of water daily. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the adequate daily fluid intake is:
• about 15.5 cups of water (125 ounces) each day for men
• about 11.5 cups (91 ounces) daily for women
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine added that people get about 20 percent of their daily water intake from food. The rest is dependent on drinking water and water-based beverages. So, ideally, men would consume about 100 ounces (3.0 litres) of water from beverages, and women, about 73 ounces (2.12 litres) from beverages.
However, you might have to increase your water intake if you’re exercising or living in a hotter region to avoid dehydration.
It is very important you drink enough water daily because it helps to ensure your body functions optimally. Water is also highly imperative to other functions of the body.
• Drinking water helps to flush out waste from your body.
• Water protects your tissues, spinal cord, and joints.
• Intake of water helps regulate your body temperature.
• Hydrating helps with your brain function.
• Being hydrated reduces/eliminates constipation.
• It gives a boost to your energy levels.
• Water improves blood oxygen circulation.
• Staying hydrated makes your skin bright.
• And last but not least, it helps with nutrient absorption and aids digestion.
So how do you know you’re not drinking enough water?
- You can tell you’re not drinking enough water by your thirst level and the colour of your urine. Feeling thirsty indicates your body is not receiving adequate hydration.
- Urine that is dark or coloured indicates dehydration. Pale or non-coloured urine typically indicates proper hydration.
- If you often feel dizzy or lightheaded, then you’re probably dehydrated
- If your eyes and or lops are dry, then you need to drink more water.
- When you pee less than 4 times a day, you’re probably dehydrated.
It is time to take drinking enough water daily very seriously to ensure your body functions optimally.