Most people know that water is important and they should drink water every day. But how much water should a person drink each day? While this seems like a very simple and basic question, there is no straightforward answer to be given. Countless studies have been done that point to the important role water plays in our health and well-being but none have resulted in a definitive answer to the question of how much water does a person need? Much seems to rely on activity level, metabolism, and environmental factors. Although no single formula works for each individual, having a better understanding of how water works in the body and the benefits it brings can help you keep water at the forefront of your mind.
Water helps your body run smoothly by:
Keeps body temperature regulated and at a normal level.
Aids in perspiration and normal body functions.
Helps keep blood flowing.
Lubricates joints and tendons and helps support and cushions joints and ligaments.
Protects and strengthens the sensitive tissues including the brain, nerves, and spinal cord.
Helps rid the body of waste.
Moisturizes the skin and keeps hair looking smooth.
Water is essential for just about all of the body's functions. You need to drink water so your body maintains the levels needed- what you lose needs to be replaced as they body cannot produce its own water supply. Drinking water is the only way to prevent dehydration and keep the body hydrated.
You might need more water if you....
Live or work in hot climates and are exposed to extreme heat.
Are more physically active or on the go.
Have a fever, are sick, or have diarrhea or vomiting.
Have a chronic health condition that wears you down easily.
To help you stay hydrated, remember that it's important to drink water before you start to feel thirsty. Thirst is a signal of dehydration and by the time it registers that you are thirsty enough to drink, your body has already been dehydrated.
What about 8 glasses of water a day?
Ever since childhood we have been taught that we need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. That works out to around 2 liters which is in line with what the Institute of Medicine recommendations for the average daily water intake. Though there is no solid “proof” to support the "8 by 8" rule it serves as a good guideline and is easy to remember. The most important thing to remember is that it should be 8 servings of liquid. Water is the best option of all liquid beverages! Remember to drink a large glass 30 minutes before your appointment to maximize healing and recovery! Call Today! (303) 766-2357