Every day you will hear different researches, some saying you don’t need as much, and others say you need even more… I am sticking with lots of water; it works just fine for me. I keep drinking toward half of my body weight in water daily. Coffee, juices, alcohol and soda don’t count, but herbal teas and soups do.
Water is the body’s principal chemical component making up to 60 percents of your body weight; every system in the body depends on water. And every day, you lose water through breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movement. So replenishing the body’s water supply becomes vital! Here’s your test: if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colorless or slightly yellow urine a day, your water intake is probably adequate.
Total fluid intake also depends on the weather, health, how active you are and pregnancy:
~When you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. About 1.5 to 2.5 cups should do for short bout of exercise, but intense exercise lasting longer than one hour requires more fluid.
~Hot and humid weather can make you sweat and therefore you will require additional intake of fluid. The same goes for heated indoor air in the winter and altitudes higher than 8200 feet.
~When you have a fever, vomit or have diarrhea, your body loses additional fluid. Some specific conditions (like urinary track stones and bladder infections) require increased fluid intake.
~When pregnant or breastfeeding, women need additional fluid to sty hydrated.
Today, there are abundant ways to get your water. Tap water, mineral water, spring water, fitness water, water from bottles, water filters, water coolers, and the list goes on and on. What works? What’s the difference between them?
Bottled water is becoming more and more popular, It does generate waste and must be purchased. You can buy mineral or spring water. The first one contains minerals or other dissolved substances that alter its taste or give it therapeutic value. Salts, sulfur compounds, and gases are among the substances that can be dissolved in the water. Mineral water, which is often effervescent, and can be prepared or can occur naturally.
Spring water comes from underground water springs and receives the same filtration treatment that all water receives, including tap water.
The source of bottled water must be listed on its label. Not all bottled water comes from a spring. Many bottles of water contain nothing more than tap water, yet still cost up to $3.00 per bottle. One way to know that bottled water is actually tap water is to read the label. Look for “municipal” sources or words like “public water source” for clues–Dasani and Aquafina brands of bottled water are regular tap water, for example. Quite shocking, isn’t it?
A few more tips to stay safely hydrated:
~Drink a glass of water with each meal and between each meal
~Hydrate before, during and after exercise
~Keep a water bottle with you at all times
~Substitute sparkling water for alcoholic drinks; or at least every other one. Fair?