We always take water as a granted thing and it is the most neglected factor of our life. Our body is made up of 70% of water, and that water controls the all functions of our body. Every cell’s activity is regulated and dependent on an effective flow of water. Not a single process in our body could take place without water.
How much water do we lose everyday?
During the course of an average day, we lose about 6 pints of water, which is around 12 cups. Most of us don’t realize how much we lose daily. If you do not replace the lost fluids by drinking enough water, your body will begin to squeeze water from its own tissues, including the brain and the skin. This is the reason you may get a headache when dehydrated, and your skin look ragged and dry.
Effect on kidneys
If you drink less water, the kidneys have more work to do in order to retain water to supple to the rest of the body. as a result, urine becomes concentrated. Water contains dissolved salts that regulate the fluid distribution in the body. I you drink too little water, the result is dehydration, which means the salt become concentrated and in order to dilute them, your body has to draw water from the cells, which are in any case depleted in liquid content.This, in turn, affects the functioning of the kidneys, for regardless of the amount of water taken in, the kidneys must still excrete a minimum of 10 ounces a day to eliminate toxic materials from the body.
How much water is enough
The amount of water we need depends on many factors, including our diet, temperature of the environment, level of physical activity, metabolic type, age and body constitution. In general, a non-active person needs a half ounce of water per pound of body weight per day, which is about 8-10 glasses. This does not include any other form of drink.
Water cannot be replaced
Drinks that contain caffeine, such as tea, coffee and soft drinks, can act as diuretics, which means they can make your body lose greater volumes of water than usual in the form of urine. So these drinks can lead to an increased need for water and stimulate your kidneys more.
Tips to drink enough water
- Add an 8 ounce glass of water to each meal.
- Tale a 16 ounce water bottle to work, drink all the water before lunch, refill it and drink it before you head home.
- Carry a water bottle with you in a car.
- drink water instead of snaking while you prepare dinner, read the newspaper or watch t.v.
- drink before you get thirsty. If you wait until you are thirsty, you are already slightly dehydrated. Thirst is not the only indicator of your hydration needs.
A glass of cool, clean water is the best treat your body can get every few hours. Water is one of the best tonics for good health.