Why is it important to drink enough water every day?
The first reason is that we eliminate water every day. Indeed, we eliminate a large quantity of water every day, among other things, through urine, which evacuates waste products from the body, through perspiration, which regulates body temperature, and through breathing. We lose up to 2.5 liters of water on average per day, which we need to be replaced. We use 1 liter of water to breathe, about 0.5 liters is evacuated through urine and 0.5 liters through perspiration. Through food (fruit and vegetables), we absorb about 20 to 30% of water. The rest must be made up of drinking water.
The water in our body participates in many biological functions. It is therefore essential for our health and well-being. For example, by drinking water every day you help your immune system to be more efficient, your kidneys to better eliminate waste products and your red blood cells to carry more oxygen. Drinking lot of water also has neurological, hormonal, cellular, joint, and other effects. The list of benefits of water on the body is long.
However, be careful not to drink too much water. If the kidneys’ elimination capacity is exceeded, swelling of the brain cells can occur. In the long term, this can lead to intoxication with dramatic consequences.
Finally, by stimulating the metabolism and helping to reduce hunger, drinking lots of water can help you lose weight. Indeed, water will help burn more calories.
When and how to drink water well?
Numerous studies have been carried out on the amount of water to be consumed daily. The results vary between 1 and 3 liters of water. Besides, it is commonly accepted that between 1.5 and 2 liters are sufficient for good hydration. For this, 6 to 8 glasses of water of 250 ml each can be distributed throughout the day.
Of course, water needs are not the same depending on the level of activity, climate, physical condition… You should, therefore, make sure, for example, that you drink more water when it is hot or when you do sports.
You can quench your thirst with cold, warm or hot water. Coldwater is best used during exercise or fevers, as it helps to regulate body temperature. Warm water promotes digestion and makes intestinal transit easy, which can be useful in cases of constipation.
It’s important to know that you shouldn’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate. If you feel thirsty, it’s because you’re already dehydrated. This can quickly become dangerous because the body is then malfunctioning.
Good hydration of your body is therefore essential, regardless of your lifestyle. That’s why drinking enough water every day should be part of a routine that you can’t neglect to stay healthy. It is an essential nutrient for the body.