Water. That essential transparent and non-flavoured liquid that they keep telling us we should drink all the time.
That one that seems vital and yet, we still avoid or forget having it at times because we don’t like the flavour, sensation or because we lack the knowledge on how important it is. That’s why I am sharing this post with some medical facts on why our bodies actually need water every day.
Some experts keep saying that the ideal amount of water is eight glasses per day. Others say that 1,5 litres per day, while others say that there is no required quantity. Yes, this is a constant battle.
The truth is…
Our body needs water on daily basis.
The quantity depends on many factors such as height, weight, current or former medical conditions such as heart failure which means you need to control your water intake for sure; renal disease such as kidney stones require lots of water for a proper cleaning and stone removal; allergic rhinitis and other respiratory problems require water intake for hydration. Since mucus is mostly water, the body will have to use water reserves in order to help the respiratory ways viable. Your skin will become super dry too.
Gastrointestinal disorders instead require a smaller water intake at times too. Also, if you’re an advanced athlete you will need more water, as you will too if you are overly sedentary. In both cases, your body will need to work extra miles to keep your whole being functioning properly…and this will make it go exhausted, of course. Just not fair, right?
Did you know you can get a water intoxication if drinking too much of it? Yes, this is a thing and it’s called Overhydration. And it can affect the body en severe and dangerous ways.
As we travel around the globe we tend to dehydrate importantly. Due to flights and in-cabin pressure, due to altitude, due to dry climate, extremely cold or hot temperatures will dehydrate you equally as well. Certain food combinations, including spices, will make your body go thirsty. I bet you have noticed it.
So, as you can see it depends a lot on many different things. But as I mentioned a few lines up, there’s one single truth: our body needs water daily.
How to know if you are not drinking enough water?
Here are some symptoms to guide you through:
- White and dry tongue
- Constipation (Ideally, we should all go daily. Every 2-3-4 days? Not good!)
- Painful and difficult defecation; transparent mucus included with the feces. (Lots of pushing…not good either)
- Burning sensation when peeing
- Incomplete sensation after peeing
- Craving carbs and fatty junk food (which will only mess everything up even more)
- Feeling constantly thirsty
Symptoms of major dehydration
*Similar as when having low blood pressure or low sugar levels*
Vomiting. Which will worsen dehydration up, look for help immediately.
Fainting sensation or actual fainting. If the case, always help the person lay on their back and raise their legs with a chair, box or holding them with your hands.
Unconsciousness in severe cases of dehydration. Call for medical help immediately.
But how much is good enough?
Whether you can drink four or eight glasses of water, you need to get conscious in the first place and start drinking more water on your daily routine.
A good way to measure this is by counting how many times a day you actually pee. Healthy peeing-frequency should be every 3-4 hours max. Your entire bladder and pelvic organs will be grateful for not holding it for hours. Holding it is not good! It will just make it all worse on the long run: pain, muscular pelvic contractions, organ descent, incontinence, chronic pelvic inflammation.
If you are on the road, you certainly NEED to drink enough water in order to keep your cells from bursting, making your system collapse.
What if I’m in a place without access to good drinkable water?
Worry no more! Here’s a guide I made for you on this topic. There are ways to make drinkable water no matter where you are. Every step you need before and during your trip in order to stay hydrated while abroad and/or in risky situations, is right here on this link above. Don’t miss it, it’s important.
These are some basics and I hope you get a clearer idea on why water is important for your body. The human body is such a wonderful natural marvel and it will respond immediately in positive ways if you react to its needs. It’s quite simple if you take some time to actually listen to your body within time. It is amazing what it does without us even noticing.
So why not give it a little push and help it by just feeding it properly with some essentials and less junk?
What are good practices on daily basis for proper hydration?
- Do not drink water like crazy in one sip. This is not helpful but nonsense and will make your stomach confused between feeling hungry and full, messing up with your food schedules. Drink smartly: slowly and constantly throughout the day.
- Eat at least two pieces of fruit every day. Watery fruits such as watermelon and melon are great.
- Eat one cup of vegetables every day.
- Drink between four and eight glasses of water every day. Keep in mind your doctor’s personal recommendations when having a medical condition.
- Substitute all soft drinks and other sugary drinks with water. You’ll be surprised on how much sugar we take every day…not good!
- If exercising, hiking, flying for long hours or travelling to extreme temperatures, raise your average water intake.
- Get enough and proper sleep. Amazing what sleep does to the body. It is a required reset every night and water is highly involved in this process.
- Avoid excessive carbs, bread, pastries and all the delicious things we usually crave. These will mess up your sugar levels among other basic things and will make you thirsty every time.
- Whenever feeling the slightest headache, start looking for some water to initiate the hydrating process within the next hours.
The most important lesson here today?
Drinking water is a basic for a well-functioning healthy body. It will save you lots of health trouble and you will be amazed on the results.