It covers 71 percent of our earth’s surface and 60 percent of the human body, making it a critical element to all of life. How much water do you drink daily ? Could you be suffering from dehydration but not know it ? Click here to read my article of dehydration.
We should drink 6 to 8 cups or glasses of fluid a day. Water, lower-fat milk and sugar-free drinks, including tea and coffee, all count. We also get 20 percent of water from the food we eat. For our bodies to function properly we need to replace our water. 8 cups of water a day seems a lot, but if you take into account other drinks and also fruits and veges with water content then you would be only needing 5 cups or so. Read below to find out the benefits of drinking more water.
What the colour of your urine is a clue to….
If it is very pale yellow to light yellow, you’re well hydrated. Darker yellow is a sign of dehydration. Brown or cola-colored urine it may be medical emergency/issue, and you should seek your GP and inform them.
- Carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
- Cures hangovers – Dehydration is one of the main causes of your hangover symptoms, so it makes sense to drink plenty water when you wake up to replace fluids and ease symptoms.
- Flushing bacteria from your bladder –
- Aiding digestion – water helps break down the food you eat, allowing its nutrients to be absorbed by your body.
- Preventing constipation – Water helps your kidneys remove waste from your blood and keep the blood vessels that run to your kidneys open and filter them out, according to the National Kidney Foundation. It also can help with constipation.
- Normalizing blood pressure
- Cushioning joints
- Protecting organs and tissues
- Regulating body temperature
- Maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance