A question that seems to pop alot is how much water you should be drinking each day? How much is too much?
Your body consists of approx 60% Water and because your constantly loosing water via sweat, urine, digestion etc… Your going to be on a constant mission to stay hydrated, especially at this time of the year.
New Zealand health Authorities recommend we drink 8 glasses of water per day, this equates to approx 2 litres. As with alot of things this is going to depend on you, do you exercise daily? Do you work in an Air-conditioned office? If you answered yes to either of those questions then your bodies demand for water is going to be higher.
A general rule of thumb is that we should be constantly sipping water through out the day.
Staying Hydrated Can Boost Your Energy Levels and Improve Brain Function
There are numerous studies that show even mild dehydration, (Only 1.5%) can impair your mood and concentration while increasing your chance of headaches.
Mild dehydration is showen to cause decreased performance, both mentally and physically and also lead to reduced endurance.
Staying Hydrated as Multiple Health Benefits
Constipation: A common reason for constipation is a lack of hydration.
Cancer: There are studies that show those who drink more water have a lowered risk of bladder and colorectal cancers
Kidney Stones: Consistent hydration lowers the risk of kidney stones
Acne: Drinking water and staying hydrated is shown to reduce acne by flushing impurities via urine, rather then through the skin pores.
Skin Tone and Hydration: Skin Tone and Hydration is improved with better water consumption.
If I’m Drinking Other Fluids During the Day Does that Count?
Yes, certain foods and drink do count towards hydration balance.
But not Coffee and Tea as they are diuretics.
Most foods are full of water, especially fruits and Vegetables, but also Meats, Fish and Eggs.
the bottom line.
The bottom line is to listen to your body. If your thirsty, then drink some water. Your body has evolved to give you certain indicators that are to stop you from dying. When your bodied hydration gets below a certain level your brain gets a message to give you a dry mouth and a feeling of thirst.
How Much Water is Too Much?
At the end of the day everyone is different. Experiment with yourself. The colour of your urine is a pretty good indicator of hydration:
- Yellow, thick and smelly-Very Dehydrated
- Purple and fizzy- Your an alien.
- Bright Yellow- Lay off the Vitamins
- Dark Yellow- Mild Dehydration
- Transparent Yellow: Normal
- Pale Straw Colour: Normal, Well hydrated.
- No Colour: Over hydrated, slow down on the water now.
- If your thirsty, then drink
- If your not thirsty anymore, then stop.
- If it’s hot, of you work in an air-conditioned office then drink water consistently.
- If you’ve exercised that day. Drink more water.