How Much Water You Actually Need And How You Should Drink It

March 26, 2019 17:00

The shelves in the supermarkets are stuffed with a variety of drinks: juices, soda, tea, coffee. Not surprisingly, water seems the most modest behind such a huge selection. However, it turns out to be the most powerful! The body uses water in all its cells, tissues, and organs and actively loses it during respiration, sweating, and digestion. That is why it is essential to replenish your water balance to avoid possible problems.

How much water should you drink per day?

This is an eternal question with hundreds of answers given. It is important to understand that there is no single norm for everyone, since it is determined individually for everyone, given your body weight and climate where you live. Most often, you can hear the recommendation of 8 glasses a day (half a gallon). Yes, this is a preferable number, but it is an average one.

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Apart from that, there are norms for fluid in general. If you consume 8 glasses of water, 2 bowls of soup, and a couple cups of coffee, you can feel an excessive amount of fluid in your body. Regulate your nutrition. Today, there are even special applications that help calculate your rate of water that you need to drink per day. These calculators take into account your body weight and other details. Remember, 8 glasses is merely an average.

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How to consume water

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This is also an important question because the feeling of thirst can make you grab that bottle of soda or juice. We want to give you a few tips that will help you develop a habit of drinking water throughout the day:

  • set a timer to remind yourself;
  • mark the bottle;
  • put water at your workplace;
  • drink water before you feel thirsty;
  • drink through a straw;
  • drink 30 minutes before meals.

When is it best to drink water?

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It is recommended to observe the interval between food intake and fluid intake of 30 minutes – half an hour before meals and half an hour after. As for the water throughout the day, here are some more tips. Drink water:

  • immediately upon waking;
  • when you feel slight hunger;
  • when you are tired;
  • when you realize that you haven’t had any for a long time;
  • when you are sick, and when you are accompanied by a sick person.

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It would seem there is nothing complicated in drinking water, but many people neglect their norm, hardly drinking a few glasses a day. It will be much healthier to sacrifice a cup of tea or coffee and give preference to fresh water!

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.