From The Fields- Issue #63
Summer is here and it’s going to be a hot one! So how much water do you we need to drink? The answer we’ve found is not like the others…
WE’VE ALL HEARD about the advice about drinking 8 glasses of water a day, which does seem like a lot but actually isn’t when you think about all the work our bodies do while we are at work. The Mayo Clinic says that the "8 by 8" rule isn't supported by hard evidence; it remains popular because it's easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," because all fluids count toward the daily total.
WHY SHOULD YOU HYDRATE?
Besides that fact that it keeps you alive, here are some other important points…
- Moistens tissues like the mouth, eyes and nose.
- Protects body organs and tissues.
- Lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products.
- Help dissolves and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body.
- Regulates body temperature.
- Lubricates joints.
- Helps prevent constipation.
- Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.
HOW MUCH SHOULD WE DRINK PER DAY?
Body water in humans varies with age and sex. About 45% to 50% of body weight in females is water. Since males generally have higher amounts of lean mass, body water is around 50% to 60%. Putting the “8x8” rule aside, there are several factors involved with how much water intake is required daily. The main factors involved are:
- Intensity of exercise
- Illness or Health Conditions
- Pregnant or breast-feeding
So how much water should you drink? You don't need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. So continue to eat high water content foods, drink fluids regularly and relax- you’ve got this! If you curious about knowing more about water, dive into the deep-end and read this great book or check out the website at www.watercure.com .