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Water is what makes up 60 percent of a human bodies weight. it is vital to every system in the body. to work properly. So how much water should one consume on a daily basis? It turns out the answer is not so black and white. It is not as easy as saying drink eight glasses of water a day please.
The popular eight glasses a day advice has no actual scientific evidence to back it up, it is thought to remain popular because it is an easy thing to remember. The amount of water one should drink is based on many factors. Every day an average human loses up to two cups of water during daily life alone.
Twenty percent of the water a human needs can be obtained through food. Most fruits and vegetables are made up of 50 percent or more water. Common drinks on the market are mostly water, including coffee, tea, juice, and soda.The main ingredient is water, so it counts towards liquid intake. According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, drinking moderate amounts of caffeine will not cause more loss of water in the body.
Environment plays a roll in the amount of water needed to remain hydrated. Living in a humid, hot region will cause one to sweat more and lose water quicker then one living in a cool place. Drinking extra glasses of water with help in gaining the water back. If the climate is too cold skin may lose moisture from exposure of indoor heat.
Any form of exercise that causes one to sweat will lose water. Normal exercise, like biking or jogging, one should drink two extra glasses of water to replace what was lost. Excessive exercise, anything that takes over an hour, such as marathons, will require more water. Depending on how much one sweats and how hard the activity is. Loss of sodium levels may occur and sports drinks are preferred.
Other factors like illness or health conditions play a factor in the amount of water one should intake. Diarrhea and vomiting are major sources of water loss in the body. Drinking many glasses of water with encourage hydration. A fever will also increase the amount of water needed. People with heart failure or certain organ issues may be advised by a health care professional to restrict intake as it may cause more damage.
Drinking a glass of water may also please the skin. Skin that is hydrated looks healthier and stays more firm making it look brighter. It will flush out toxins in the body that can keep skin looking dull.
When one does not take in enough water they become dehydrated. Signs of dehydration are dry mouth, weakness, light headedness, thirst and excessive thirst. Severe dehydration signs are loose skin, rapid breathing, sunken eyes and weak pulse. Both types of Dehydration are dangerous.
If one becomes dehydrated their body may go into shock because there is not enough fluid in the blood stream to carry the blood to where it needs to go. Two glasses of water upon waking can serve the body well. Kidney and heart failure may occur as well. It is important to stay hydrated. Having a bottle of water near or a glass where one sits may remind them to take a sip from time to time.
The amount of water that should be taken in has many variables but it does not have to be complicated. Drinking when thirty, working out will help keep from becoming hydrated. Before drinking a cup of coffee in the morning, please have a glass of water first.
By Paul Sears
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