How much water should I drink each day?

Written on the 26 October 2013 by Peter Njikamp

How much water should you drink?

The answer to that differs from person to person depending on your sex, health, weight and are you involved in physical activities/exercise.

Prestige Water recommends “eight glasses of water per day” or at least 2 lites. As the average adult loses around 2.5 liters of water every day, drinking 2 liters of water (minimum) is a good way to replenish your body, the rest of your fluid intake will be provided by the food you will eat during the day. And of course a lot of people will drink tea/juices or other beverages during the day. Tap water vs Filtered water.

To get the full benefits of drinking water, you should try and maintain a steady intake during the day. Are you drinking enough? That’s where the Prestige Water coolers come in, giving you unlimited filtered water with added minerals. Close at hand, always available.

WHEN WILL YOUR WATER INTAKE INCREASE?

If you are spending time outdoors in hot weather, sweating more than normally, make sure you drink more water than usually to prevent dehydration.

During exercise, physical activities. Depending on the duration/amount of exercise you undertake, your body will require a larger intake of water to compensate for lost fluids. For short periods of exercise, an extra intake of +/- 500mils of water is recommended. The longer the exercise/physical activity, the more water should be drunken. The dangers of dehydration. The general rule is for every 20 minutes of sweat-inducing exercise, one glass of water should be drunken.

If you are ill, your body will lose additional water to the normal amount of water, therefore constant replenishment is required over and above the recommended daily intake.

If it’s cold outside, people tend to stop drinking water which is a big mistake. The colder it gets, the more water your body needs to maintain its body temperature.

If travel ling, especially by air, you should drink at least one glass of water every hour to help compensate for the high altitude.
If pregnant or breast-feeding your body’s need for water will dramatically increase.

Why drink water?
How important is drinking water. Along with oxygen, water is one of the 2 most essential materials for human life. The average person can survive for about 40 days without food, but most people will die if they go for more than 72 hours without a drink.

About 60 per cent of the human body consists of water. This means that the average adult male body contains 40 liters. Water is necessary for all the chemical reactions that occur in our bodies. It lubricates our joints and is responsible for cleansing our bodies, eliminating potentially poisonous waste products.

How much water do you need?
The digestive system uses about 12 liters of water every day to process the food we eat. Three-quarters of the human brain consists of water. Having a full glass of water all the time.

For the body to keep functioning normally it needs a steady supply of water. Even without exercising we lose up to 2 to 3 liters a day through breathing, perspiration, urinary and bowel functions, depending on environmental conditions. With exercise and hot weather, this loss can increase much further.

Water and exercise
If you exercise regularly you should drink a glass of water before starting and then have half a glass every 15 minutes. This will prevent dehydration and improve performance. A simple rule for good health is to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.

The benefits of drinking water , especially filtered water, are well documented; we all know we should drink more water.

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Author: Peter Njikamp
 
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