Really, why should I drink water?
Did you know your body is made up of 60-75% water? It’s no surprise that how much you drink can affect your health. Too much water could result in mineral imbalances, while too little could cause dehydration, headaches, or fatigue.
How much should you drink?
So, how much should you drink? Bio-individuality applies not only to food but also to the amount of water our bodies need to function properly. On average, men should drink about 3 liters (13 cups) and women about 2.2 liters (9 cups) of water each day. In order to satisfy individual needs, various lifestyle factors need to be taken into consideration. For example, the water content in fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables we eat may increase hydration in the body.
Water intake should be increased in the following situations:
– hot/humid temperature
– during exercise
– Illness/incidents of fever, diarrhea, vomiting
– infections of the bladder or urinary tract
– increased alcohol intake
What’s the best type of water to drink?
There are many types of water including tap, bottled, filtered, distilled, and alkaline ionized water. Consumption generally depends on cost and availability, as not everybody has access to the best sources of water.
Tap water is the most readily-available but may not always be the safest option. Some cities have very good purification systems, while others leave traces of chlorination by-products, lead, and sometimes bacteria.
Water Filters can help remove contaminants from water. It’s important to know which contaminants are present in your water in order to choose the right filter.
Bottled Water has become a popular option for individuals without access to safe tap water; however, there are growing concerns about chemicals from the plastic seeping into the water, as well as the effects that the increasing number of bottles is having on the environment.
How do I drink more water?
- Add flavor to your pitcher: Add a bit of excitement by dunking fresh fruit (grapefruit, strawberries, lemon), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery), and herbs (basil, mint, lavender) to your carafe.
- Drink a glass after every bathroom break: Start a habit by linking water to some of your most common daily activities. Getting up from your desk for a bathroom break? Stop by the kitchen to chug a glass of water after leaving the restroom.
- Sip before every meal: Drinking a full cup before each meal can curb calorie intake because it causes you to feel full.
- Use an app to track your cups: Keeping up with how many glasses you’ve finished can be easy (and fun) with the help of a free app. Download Daily Water Free or Carbodroid to your phone to set daily reminders and alarms.
- Keep a bottle nearby: It’s easy to remember to fill up on water when the source is nearby. Keep a bottle or large carafe at your desk, by your bed, and on the kitchen counter as a constant reminder to drink up.
- Stick to a one-to-one rule when drinking alcohol: You’ve probably heard the drinking rule: for every cocktail turn up one glass of water. This is a great strategy to avoid a hangover the next day, but you can also use it to make sure you get plenty of H2O in your system to balance out sugar-packed mixers and syrups.
It’s easy to find. It’s blessed. You are, somehow, water. Come on babe, you look sexier when you glow!
Water bottle: Chilly’s bottles, www.holmesplace.gr