What Is The Recommended Water Intake By Age?
We know that from the time we’re born, our daily water intake changes on a monthly and yearly basis. Babies under the age of 6 months should not ingest water by itself whatsoever – as it fills their stomachs unnecessarily and may lead to malnutrition as they will consume less and less milk or formula. The recommended guideline for infants and children are as follows: Babies and infants need 0.7 to 0.8 litres of water daily (700-800ml) from breast milk or formula. They should not be taking water in on it’s own.
Small children need 1.3 litres to 1.7 litres every day. Boys and girls age 9 to 13 need 2.5 litres every day.
In our teens and twenties – it’s imperative we drink as much water as we can without becoming sick. We are at the peak of our mental and physical vitality at this age; when going through puberty, teenagers need to up their water intake to flush out pimple-causing toxins, as well as provide them with enough hydration for leading such busy lifestyle s- including school, college, after-school activities and sports.
The need for a relatively high water intake continues well into adulthood – and the suggested daily guideline is 3 litres (about 14 glasses) of total fluids a da – for men, and 2.2 litres (about 10 glasses) a day for women. However, pregnant and breastfeeding women should increase this slightly – to whichever safe capacity they can handle – in order to sustain the extra demand on their bodies.
As we age, we tend to lead more sedentary lifestyles – and as such consume less water. Unfortunately, ailments such as incontinence can drastically affect the amount of fluids an elderly person may want to take in – but it’s vital that they do maintain a daily fluid intake of no less than a litre per day. Keep in mind that by the time a person feels thirsty, they have already lost a substantial amount of water and are experiencing dehydration. In an elderly person this could be a much bigger problem – so even if they are deriving their fluid intake from tea and cordials – they too need to be on top of their water intake game.
Want the good news? Water intake can be derived from more than just consuming plain water!
“Although it’s a good idea to have water ready at all times, food can also provide fluids. Typically, food provides about 20% of total water intake. Many fruits and veggies, watermelon and tomatoes for instance, are 90% water by weight.
Similarly, milk and juice are mostly water. Beer, wine, and caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, or soft drinks can add more, but these must not be a major part of your daily total water consumption.
Plain water is your best choice because it’s calorie-free, inexpensive, and easily accessible. Most important, it’s what your body needs!”
Excerpts from caloriebee.com.