Our natural resource
Did you know that water is the second most important resource. Without air we cannot breathe and you would only survive a couple of minutes, but without water medical experts say you could only last a couple of weeks, depending on if the temperature was hot or cold.
Since 70% of our weight is water (about the same amount of water that covers the earth curiously enough), we need to keep drinking enough to stay healthy.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of us take the benefits of drinking water for granted, and is not seen as a priority.
How does Drinking Water Benefit Us?
Every cell and organ in our bodies needs water to function effectively. All the joints are lubricated, the sensitive tissues and the spinal cord protected. For those of you that you would like to maintain your youthful appearance and don’t like wrinkles, you must remember that the skin is the largest organ of the body and therefore needs to be hydrated from within. Water helps with digestion of food through the intestines and removal of toxins through the kidneys (which I will go on to cover). It also helps us regulate our body temperature – which is why you sweat. All the water you use through sweating and urinating (Ewww!) and other bodily functions must be replaced. Drinking water is the best way to do this. Diuretic drinks such as coffee and alcohol do not count as they cause the body to lose more water.
How Much Water to Drink in a Day
Depending on how active you are, your intake will be different from the next person. Medical advice is 3ltrs/day for men and 2.2ltrs/day for women. If you are living an active and healthy lifestyle, working out and living to a level of high performance then you will need 7-8 hours of sleep and drink around 6ltrs/day. “That’s way to much. I will be going to the toilet every 5 minutes” you are probably thinking to yourself. Well read on…
Are you Kidneying me?
The fist sized and bean shaped Kidneys are vital organs that help to remove waste products and fluid to the bladder. In fact of the 227ltrs of fluid that gets filtered through the kidneys each day around 3 ltrs is removed through urine and the rest is recovered by the blood. These are the key organs that control our levels of acid, salt and potassium among other things. Without the correct levels of chemical balance, it could result in seizures or blackouts. Also the build up of excess fluid has a knock on effect, as the toxins and waste build up inside the body. Some people who suffer from headaches or depression may need to increase their intake. If you consistently fail to wash out your kidneys, you could end up with urinary infections, chronic kidney disease or Kidney failure, which could be fatal.
So how can I check if I am hydrated enough?
The easy way to check if you are hydrated enough is to inspect the colour of your urine the next time you go to the toilet.
If it is clear with slight coloration and odorless then you are okay, but if your urine smells strong and is dark brown then you are facing the dangers of dehydration, or orange could mean you have bile duct condition. If it is dark pink to red and you haven’t been eating beetroots then you may have blood in your water, so best get yourself to the doctors. Any weird colors like blue or green then medical help is what you need.
Ultimately you need to take care of yourself and drink plenty of water to stay healthy. Even if you are not working out each day and decide to take up the 6ltrs/day challenge, then you should at least aim for 8 cups of water per day at the very least. We all need to be drinking water to survive, so take care…..