Water consumption – How much water do you drink?

How much water you drink a day will be governed by how much activity you do.  As we all do something different  It will vary for everyone.  There is no set rule.

I have read you should drink 8 glasses of water a day!!!  I’ve tried but it just seems all too much, and I can never drink that much, not with having cups of tea or coffee as well, it just makes me go to the toilet more often.

But I do drink as much as I can, generally around 4 glasses throughout the day.  Unless I’m doing some sort of activity then I’ll drink a bit more.  As it is good to help flush out your system.  I always start out when I first get up and have a good drink as this helps wake up your organs before you do anything else.

How Much Water?

At the end of the day, no one can tell you exactly how much water you need.

Do some self-experiments, some people may function better with more water than usual, while for others it only causes the inconvenience of more frequent trips to the bathroom.

If you want to keep things simple (always a good idea), then these guidelines should apply to 90% of people:

  1. When thirsty, drink.
  2. When not thirsty anymore, stop.
  3. During high heat and exercise, drink enough to compensate for the lost fluids.

The most important one may be during times of increased sweating. This includes exercise, as well as hot weather.

If you’re sweating a lot, make sure to replenish the lost fluid with water. Athletes doing very long, intense exercises may also need to replenish electrolytes along with water.

Most people don’t need to consciously think about water intake because the thirst mechanism in the brain is very effective. However, certain circumstances do call for increased intake.

 

I read this section below out of an article.

Does More Water Help Prevent Health Problems?

There are several health problems that may respond well to increased water intake:

  • Constipation: Increasing water intake can help with constipation, which is a very common problem.
  • Cancer: There are some studies showing that those who drink more water have a lower risk of bladder and colorectal cancer, although other studies find no effect.
  • Kidney stones: Increased water intake appears to decrease the risk of kidney stones.
  • Acne and skin hydration: There are a lot of anecdotal reports on the internet about water helping to hydrate the skin and reducing acne, but I didn’t find any studies to confirm or refute this.

 

Bye for now,  and if you haven’t been drinking water, now is a good time to start.