The human body is composed of nearly 60% liquid on average, and many of our organs are made up of water including heart and brain that are both comprised of up to 75% water. The lungs contain 83% water, and even our bones that appear somewhat dry contain 31% water.
Consuming enough amount of water everyday is vital. In fact, humans can live up to several days or even weeks without food, but not without water. The water in our body lubricates and cushion the bones and joints. It helps regulate our body temperature and provide nourishment to the brain and spinal cord. Have you noticed if you don’t drink much water you will feel weak and fatigue? That’s because as our body lose water, our energy level drops as well, it changes our mood from good to worst, alters the blood pressure, and makes the skin drier.
Severe or chronic dehydration occurs when there is a loss of water for a long period time which likely to cause various metabolic disorders like obesity, diabetes, an increase in bad cholesterol and blood pressure, constipation, dry skin problems, inability to digest food well, and weakness. We should not underestimate hydration. We should be drinking enough water daily and learn the signs and symptoms including feeling thirsty, dizziness, and even untimely hunger.
Now that we’re aware the negative consequences of dehydration, how much water should we drink that is enough to stay well-hydrated throughout the day? The amount of water we should be drinking for proper hydration is calculated based on weight and situation whether it’s a hot or cold day. Normally, health experts and as noted in the video, men should drink between 2.5 to 3.7 liters while women should consume between 2 to 2.7 liters of water daily.
Also, some experts based the amount of water consumption as half of the total body weight. For instance, an individual who weighed 200 pounds should drink 100 ounces of water, or 2.9 liters approximately. However, it is important to note that this amount of water should be consumed throughout the day and not to be taken at once as too much water too fast can be deadly.
Additionally, one recent study found that increasing water intake between 1 to 3 cups per day has the potential to effectively maintain weight, reduce caloric intake, and likely to follow through a healthy eating regimen. Moreover, having properly hydrated is helpful in maintaining focus, boost energy and prevent severe side effects due to severe dehydration mentioned earlier.
Another important thing to note is that, while all liquids count as water consumption, you should always keep in mind to avoid sugary drinks as it can negate the hydration effect due to its high sugar content. On the other hand, sugar-free tea and coffee count as liquid for hydration purposes.