How much water does our body actually need? Need for water…
The myth of the eight glasses of water a day has been dispelled. The truth is that the daily need for water depends on each person.
Robert A. Huggins, a professor at the University of Connecticut says that several factors must be taken into account when it comes to the amount of water we need:
- environmental conditions
- level of physical activity
This means, more precisely, that you just have to listen to your body and drink water when you are thirsty.
Another way to check if you are hydrating properly is to “study” your urine before you draw water. If it is not the color of lemonade and is darker, it means that you should drink more water.
The rule with drinking water when you’re thirsty also applies when exercising.
Nutritionist Mihaela Bilic has also debunked the myth of the two liters of water that, supposedly, we must drink daily.
“Although it is said that we must drink at least 2 liters of fluids daily, this does not mean that we must force ourselves to drink water.
Of course it’s good to be hydrated, to drink enough water.
But from here to forcing yourself daily to swallow 2 liters of water as such, even if you do not feel the need, it is a misunderstood thing.
There are people who are never thirsty, who do not sweat, whose metabolism is “scratched” with fluid loss.
If such a person undertakes to drink 2 liters of water daily he will feel bloated; the kidneys have to make an effort to eliminate an excess of fluids that the body did not require,” dr. Bilic explained.
She also drew attention to the fact that all foods (except oil) contain water in different proportions, fruits and vegetables being leading.
So if you eat soup, drink milk or yogurt, consume fruits, vegetables, tea, you will have enough sources of fluids in the diet. Add to this 2-3 glasses of water, at least one at each meal and you have made the amount.
“The recommendation with 2 liters of liquids also includes the food consumed that day. So don’t blame yourself if you don’t drink a lot of water as such. What’s too much spoils, even if it’s about water,” added the nutritionist.
Specialists say that proper hydration with water can even prevent the appearance of stretch marks.
It is more important how and when we drink water than how much water we drink
The greater the amount of water ingested once and the faster it is drunk, the more forced the kidneys are and they will get tired trying to eliminate the excess water introduced into the system. Other mistakes to avoid when drinking water:
- “Flooding” the body with water does not help to rehydrate the body overall and in no case does not help the desired cooling in the warm season
- People “abuse” in the summer and very cold water (the body consumes a lot of energy with the “heating” of the liquids of those introduced into the body)
- The consumption of acidified water (gas water, with bubbles) in large quantity, drunk “all at once” on the breathless aggresses the body and kidneys