The body can not function properly without moisture or water. Water is of utmost importance for the absorption of nutrients in the intestines, for regulating the body temperature and for transporting waste through the body. If you do not drink enough, dehydration symptoms can easily occur. In that case the body secretes more fluid than it absorbs. Drink more water in hot weather. The effects of dehydration can be very annoying and manifest in thirst, headache, nausea, stiff muscles, faster heartbeat, lowered blood pressure, a weak feeling, confusion, or - very extreme - even a shock. Although children and the elderly are most susceptible to dehydration, everyone has to be careful that things do not go that far. It is easy to remember: when you start to feel thirsty, your body is already drying out. In short: avoid getting thirsty and drink water all day long!
The body of a woman consists of 52% moisture on average. This is 63% for men. In short: a woman may have to make more effort to maintain her fluid. The body loses fluid in various ways: through urine, feces, sweat and breathing. In short: your body loses fluid all day long and you have to supplement that. Although your body naturally works all day long to update your fluid level, you must ensure that moisture enters. Let's take a look at the average fluid balance of an adult person. We assume not too strenuous efforts and a normal ambient temperature.
An average of 2500 milliliters per day comes through:
approximately 1250 milliliters via drinking water
about 900 milliliters via food
approximately 350 milliliters via oxidation water
An average of 2,500 milliliters per day is excreted by
approximately 1400 milliliters via the urine
about 100 milliliters through the stool
approximately 500 milliliters via the exhalation
approximately 500 milliliters via sweating
As a guideline, the Health Council states that 70% of all the fluid that you get in one day has to come from drinks.
A fairly general advice is to drink about 1.5 to 2 liters of water per day. That means: in addition to the moisture that you automatically already ingest. However, there are exceptions. When do you need more moisture? Bottled water, tap water or filtered water.
Do you struggle to take 1.5 to 2 liters of water? Cold water drinking. We will give you some tips below to make drinking water easier. An excess of water hardly ever occurs, only if you drink extremely much. Your kidneys can process about 0.7 to 1 liter of water per hour. So you do not have to worry about drinking too much unless you hang under the tap 24/7, of course;)
Maybe you think now: very nice 1.5 liters of water in one day. But how am I going to do that in my name? We are all busy and often 'on the go', so it can still be a challenge. With the following tips we might make the goal more feasible!
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