How Much Water You Should Be Drinking Everyday and Why?
This is an important question as a great majority of people are simply just not drinking enough water. And this seems like it is not much of an issue because people are still drinking water on a daily basis, however, it is just not enough and the consequences are so apparent as people are constantly underperforming as a result of it.
Why you are Underperforming because of Dehydration:
The body is made up of 60% water and thus, every system in our body relies on water in order for each system to perform at its maximum potential.
To reach this maximum potential, you need to be drinking around 2 liters per day (or 8-10 glasses of water). Some health experts even say that you should be sipping on water throughout the whole day in order to remain at a constant, healthy rate.
However, most people are NOT reaching this daily goal and thus not consuming the recommended amount of water and additionally, are not accounting for how much water they lose every day due to sweat and urine. This leaves people to be mildly dehydrated throughout the day. Even mild dehydration which is losing about 1.5% of your body’s water is known to greatly influence brain functionality and is detrimental to your memory and anxiety levels.
I’m sure you are thinking that it must take a lot of exercises to lose 1.5% of your body’s water.
However, you can lose 1.59% of your body’s water during just your daily activities.
Moreover, sweating and exercise can make you lose between 6-10% of your body’s water.
So, how much water should you be drinking every day?
Each answer is unique to the individual as body weight plays a large role in how much water you will require.
However, the general recommended amount is 2 liters per day and an additional 2-4 glasses more if you are exercising or if the weather is very hot.
The Benefits of Drinking a Healthy Amount of Water Every Day:
- Clears Skin
Water is used by your body to help flush out toxins and waste products in your body and this is significant in clearing your skin.
- Regulates Body Temperature
The body naturally regulates your body temperature by sweating, however, drinking sufficient water will regulate your body’s temperature for you and thus you won’t sweat as much throughout the day.
- Essential for the Kidney
It is harder for kidney stones to form when there is sufficient water available to prevent stone-forming crystals from collecting together.
- Weight Loss
Water does wonders for your metabolic rate. If you drink half a liter of water it can increase your metabolism by up to 30% for 1.5 hours. Additionally, drinking water 30 minutes before a meal will decrease your appetite a lot and cause you to eat less.
In conclusion, with water offering such beneficial health advantages and dehydration causing major side effects, it only makes sense that you should be drinking more water and as a result, enjoying the benefits of a healthy, fully-functional body.