The human body is made up of mostly water, and it’s no surprise to know that we need a fair amount every day to keep us going. But the health benefits of water are very important to know, and just simply drinking more water will do amazing things for your health. Best of all, it’s very easy to do this, and you can start contributing to your health today, and see the effects as quickly as tomorrow. But why is being hydrated so important? How much water should you drink every day? Is there such a thing as too much water? This will be addressed today, and you can decide for yourself if you are drinking enough water for your lifestyle.
The Major Role Water Plays in Our Lives
The first and most important role is the health and productivity of our brain function, and greatly benefits us MENTALLY. Dehydration can cause headaches, confusion, and disorientation. Staying hydrated is needed simply to think straight and clearly, and have the ability to make important decisions whenever its needed. It can also do wonders to regulate your mood. Hydration not only keeps your brain functioning well, but also has other effects that make it so great for keeping you in a mentally stable state.
Next, it is important to note that hydrating yourself daily will also keep your cardiovascular and digestive system on track, keeping our PHYSICAL health in check. Enough water will make sure your stomach and intestines will be able to process the food you eat, and helps the body absorb more nutrition from your meals. Hydration is especially important for your cardiovascular system when you exercise or do anything strenuous on your body. Not enough water will LIMIT YOU PHYSICALLY and thus it is important to drink plenty of fluids during your workout sessions.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
There is no specific amount of water that will be completely perfect for you, since everyone requires different amounts of hydration. Depending on your age, sex, body type, diet, and activity level you may need more or less water than others. A lot of online advice suggest the 8 x 8 rule, simply saying 8 glasses of water per day will be perfect. While there isn’t much science behind this rule, you can try it and determine if it works best for you. Here are some great tips to find out the adequate amount of water your body needs:
- Record your water intake. Using your smartphone or a notepad, record all of your fluid intake and meals. Do this for one week and see what the average amount of fluid you drank per day was. If your goal is to increase that amount, proceed to the next tip.
- Mark your water bottle to increase your water intake. If you determine you aren’t getting enough water, this trick works best. You simply mark lines on your water bottle or jug with the time by which you must drink to that line. Doing this allows you to actively manage the amount of hydration you can get. It also will help you determine if you need more or less water per day.
- Record water intake during workouts. Mark down how much water you feel like drinking during a workout. You may realize you aren’t drinking a lot of water, but do not just chug water while you are exercising, this will be counterproductive to your workout. Sip water in between sets, and space it out. This way you will not upset your stomach during the strenuous activities.
- Make note of current health and thirst. Be sure to record or make note of whenever you feel thirsty, and if any current health issues or medical conditions contribute to this. For example, people with IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn’s disease need to stay hydrated even more because of their digestion issues, we already discussed how staying hydrated helps with that.
With these tips by your side you will be able to figure out just how much water you need every day. Once you become conscious of how much water you need, you’ll really begin to notice the health benefits. People who actively manage their diet and hydration feel better on average. They notice less headaches, muscle aches, and cramps. Your mental state will be more uniform and less agitative. Even better, the constant water in your digestive system will make sure your body is able to digest food at its peak performance, also helping you shred fat and gain muscle if you are working out. Hydration is a huge part of proper nutrition, and you’ll find that once you pay attention to one the other will simply be easier to understand and regulate.
Is Too Much Water a Bad Thing?
It actually is. Overhydration is a dangerous, as is having too much of anything. Too much water will stress your liver, kidneys, and heart. One common way to become overhydrated is during a workout. You start to feel an extreme thirst and start to drink large amounts of water. As discussed above, you should not drink tons of water during exercise, remember to take small amounts more frequently instead. Additionally, side effects of medication and make you want to drink a lot of water too. Other causes can include a hormone imbalance, uncontrolled diabetes, and even schizophrenia. When becoming overhydrated, you will feel symptoms common to dehydration. You will feel confused or nauseated, and may become disoriented with a headache. If you experience any of these symptoms seek medical attention.
Not even doctors will be able to tell you how much water is perfect for your body. They can tell you if you currently have a problem with your intake, but when it comes down to it you have to take note of your physical and mental states, and adjust from there. Within a week or two you will have an answer, and have reap the benefits of drinking enough water. It turns out that we usually need more and not less, but once you strike the balanced amount, you will notice how much better you feel when your body if properly hydrated. Best of all, this is something YOU CAN START TODAY.