March 10, 2021
Water is an essential element of human life. We use it when we breathe, talk, perspire, eat, got to the bathroom and cry.
By having the proper water intake, your body functions at its peak. Hydration leads to the operation of your organs and controls how efficiently they operate and repair. So what is the right amount?
The current recommended daily water intake is as follows.
Don't wait til your thirsty to drink!
Your intake also includes water consumed via other methods. Fluids in teas, drinks, and food etc. all add to your water intake.
On average about 20% of your daily water intake is from food!
However, water is also lost during the day. Here are some factors to consider when wondering whether you need to have a higher daily water intake than the average.
Living Environment - if this is hot, humid or at a high altitude
Diet - if you have caffeinated, salty, spicy or sugary food and drink, or if you don't consume a lot of high water content things like fruit and vegetables
Weather - more water is needed in warmer months, and less water is needed in cooler months
Environment - the more time spent outdoors normally equates to a higher water level of loss
Level of Activity - If you exercise regularly or walk or stand a lot throughout the day, you'll need to increase your water intake
Health - Sickness and infections cause the body to lose water as it's trying to excrete the bad bacteria and also because it must work harder to regulate it's levels to normal
Pregnancy - if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, your body is working for two, so your daily water intake definitely has to increase
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