Although cliche, the statement “your body is a temple” is not as far-fetched as we would believe. Like a well-oiled machine, the human body has to maintain a steady vessel in order to perform even the most minute action. This means certain needs must be met every day. One of the most important requirements being your daily intake of water.
It’s not too surprising to learn that the body can’t function without water. Being composed of somewhere between 50-70% of the fluid, it is crucial that we ingest as much of it as we possibly can. But how much do we each, individually, need? There are a few factors to keep in mind to determine the amount needed to function every day.
Gender & Prevention
One of the most important details to keep in mind are your sex and the preventive measures that can be taken for your overall well-being. Although all men are created equally, men and women differ on the best of days. It’s no different when it comes to drinking water daily.
- It is suggested that men should take in 3.7 liters (15.5 cups) of water per day
- Women should ingest 2.7 liters (11.5 cups)
- If pregnant, or breastfeeding, women should be aware of increased ingestion. Their body is taking on the work of two people.
By creating a routine to consume the previously stated amount, individuals can take proactive measures to prevent health concerns such as:
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Kidney Stones
- Skin Dehydration
Your area code can be a very telling feature. It’s not only indicative of the cost of living but can also tell someone how much water should be consumed based on where they’re located.
- Residing in areas that are hot, humid, or dry will require more water to be consumed due to the water loss in perspiration.
- Individuals who live, or trek, areas with high altitudes should also be cautious; oxygen is harder to come by the higher you go. Water is needed to help stabilize the blood oxygen levels. It is recommended to add an extra liter of water when immersed in such an environment.
It is possible to have too much of a good thing. Water has been found to be a great deterrent for hunger, which reduces calorie intake, and helps while trying to lose weight. However, it is wise to also be wary of overutilization.
- If overhydration occurs, it leaves the kidneys in a distressing situation where they cannot excrete the excess water through urine and risk the overflow to collect in the bloodstream.
- Retaining too much water within the body can disrupt water and sodium balance causing mid to life-threatening health problems.
It’s not expected of you to get the correct amount of water right from the start. As stated before, it’s not a one-size-fits-all system; however, as long as you drink a little water each day a positive regimen will begin.