Are you drinking enough water?
Water makes up around 60% of the body on average. This varies between 45-75%, depending on age, gender, and hydration levels.
The standard 8 glasses of water per day is the advice which is recommended to us as a reasonable intake.
Each individual is different, and we all live completely different lives. How active we are, what health conditions we have, our weight, gender, age, or even what type of climate we live in. All of these are contributing factors to each individual’s water needs.
How to know if you are NOT drinking enough water:
- Is your urine a darker yellow?
Check the colour of your urine:
Clear-pale yellow urine means your drinking enough.
Darker yellow urine means you aren’t drinking enough water.
* Dehydration, liver and kidney disease can cause dark urine.
- Are you urinating irregularly?
- Do you feel fatigued or dizzy or have difficulties concentrating?
- Are you getting headaches, body aches or muscle cramps?
- Do you have bad breath, dry skin or mood swings?
- Are you frequently ill or suffer from constipation?
If you answered YES to one or more of those, then you are probably NOT drinking enough water…
Why is drinking water so important?
Drinking water helps to keep us hydrated and aids in the bodily functions, absorption, circulation, creating saliva, digestion, maintaining body temperature, and transporting nutrients.
Our bodies build up toxins through our daily intake of food or supplements and medications, daily living and daily activity that our body absorbs, which can lead to a toxic overload and cause changes in our bodies.
Water prevents dehydration and disease. It helps to detoxify our bodies by aiding in digestion and assisting in flushing out the waste in our bodies, which keeps our liver and kidneys healthy.
The liver’s main function is within the digestive system, it processes nutrients absorbed from the small intestine. The liver produces bile which is secreted into the small intestine that aids in digesting fat and some vitamins. That which is absorbed into the intestine makes the various chemicals that the body needs to function.
The kidney’s help the body to remove water and waste, they balance the fluids and electrolytes in our bodies. If we are not hydrating ourselves with enough water to help the kidney function and filter correctly, our health deteriorates pretty quick!
If we don’t have enough water flowing through our systems to flush out the toxins and waste build up in our body, then the build-up will eventually drown us.
Benefits of drinking water:
- Keeps us hydrated
- Flushes out waste and toxins
- Aids in digestion
- Carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells
- Cellular function
- Temperature regulation
- Regulates blood pressure
- Prevents constipation
- Protects organs and tissues
- Cushions joints
So how much water should you be drinking?
There is amount of water that one should be drinking because each individual is variant and no one can tell you exactly how much water you need, try experimenting and see what works best for you but try keep it to 3-4 litres a day, especially during the hotter months.
So how much have you drunk today?