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Drink plenty of clean water. Your body consists of about 60% water and every day we get about 3 liters of fluid through our food and drink. Water is thus an essential part of our lives, but its importance is often underestimated. Why is drinking water so important and how can you ensure that you drink enough?
You lose fluid every day
The body of women and the elderly consists of 60% of water, the body of men from about 65% of water. Every day a large amount of fluid leaves the body through the skin (when you sweat), when you go to the toilet but also through the breathing. The amount of fluid you lose differs per person, this depends on a number of factors such as age, gender and weight, but the physical effort also plays a role. To compensate for the fluid that you lose per day, you must drink enough. Drink plenty of water, give the body what it needs.
In normal circumstances, adults need about 2.5 liters of water per day. How do you know if you are drinking enough water. We get about 1 liter of water from food so there is still 1.5 liters left. A glass of water is the best way to get enough moisture, because it contains no calories, sugars or other additives. But also in other products you will find moisture such as tea and fruit. It is best to drink healthily and choose the drinks that are in the 5. These are water and black and green tea. Milk, coffee and herbal teas are also allowed, but only to a limited extent (2 to 3 cups per day). Drinks with sugar such as fruit juice, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and energy drinks are best not to drink too much. Alcohol and coffee also drift away moisture, so your need for moisture only gets bigger.
Get rid of waste
Water is needed for the disposal of waste. The kidneys remove all waste and purify the blood. What remains are the waste products that leave the body via urine. Water is therefore important for the kidneys and therefore also for the removal of waste. You can check if you drink enough by looking at the color of the urine. When it is very dark, it means that the moisture percentage in the urine is very low. A sign that you drink too little. Actually, the more you drink, the lighter your urine will be. Read more about the color of your urine.
The body needs water to keep it at temperature. If you are warm, you will sweat, for example. This is a cooling mechanism of the body. If you do not have enough fluid, this can ensure that you can not cool sufficiently.
Everything you eat ends up in the stomach that changes everything into small particles with the help of stomach acid. The important nutrients from food are absorbed into the blood (which consists mainly of water) and transported to the right places in the body. In addition, fiber that you get through the diet requires moisture to do their job. They bind the fluid to themselves, which makes them softer the stool.
Water is seen by some as boring and tasteless and that is why it is faster to opt for soft drinks or fruit juices. Sad, because you can make a very nice drink from water yourself. For example with fresh herbs and fruit. We will give you 3 examples:
With mint and slices of lemon
With cucumber, mint and slices of lime
With basil, strawberry and lemon
It is also wise to have a bottle of water with you on the go, so you can drink enough. A bottle of water in your bedroom, living room or on your desk can also help to drink more. How many liter of water should you drink.