What is water and how much does one need to drink?
Water with thechemical formula: H2O, is a transparent fluid which forms the world's streams, lakes, oceans and rain, and is the major constituent of the fluids of organisms. As a chemical compound, a water molecule contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms that are connected by covalent bonds. For more information on what is water go here :
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Watch the video below (or continue reading) to know how much water is essential for a human body
Water is essential for proper circulation of nutrients in the body and serves as the body's transportation system. It helps in regulating body's temperature through sweating.
Latest research shows, water intake differs for every individual and all established daily values are inaccurate. A good indication is the colour of your urine. If it is clear and colourless then your drinking enough water. If it is yellowish then you need to drink more. In fact the more yellowish it gets the more you need to drink. Note : However taking a multivitamin, can also lead to yellow urine.
We get most of our water from food. For example Potatoes are 80% water and bananas 74%. Eat them and you just drank water! So the more whole foods you are eating, such as fruits, veggies, more whole grains, and unprocessed foods, the more water your're drinking.
But if you drink a lot of diuretics, like soda, your kidneys start to shed sodium, meaning you need more to replace it, which is bad. So while, yes, by drinking sodas you're drinking fluids, but you're doing it wrong.
The truth is it probably wouldn't hurt you to drink 8 to 12 8 ounce glasses of fluid per day, but a really good way to test whether you're drinking enough water is to look at your pee-- seriously.
Another way to tell if you drink enough water is if you have soft bowel movements. Slow and tough bowel movements and constipation could be an indication of less water.
Most common source of water
We mostly get water from food as almost all food has water in it. Natural, whole foods are known to contain maximum water in them.
Fruits and vegetables contain 80 to 98 percent water.
Eating dense vegetables such as cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, beets, carrots, lettuce with a meal or snack is one of the easiest ways to improve your hydration.
Fruits such as melons, pineapples, apples, berries also help immensely.
Symptoms of Less Water Intake
Shortage of body water can show symptoms of dehydration.
The common symptoms are dry mouth, extreme thirst, headache, muscle cramps, confusion, along with bodies inability to produce urine and the urine if any is darker than usual.
You may feel dizzy, light-headed and produce no tears if you cried.
Watch this video on drop in driving performance due to dehydration
Effects of drinking too much Water
The effect is on sodium levels. Sodium’s role is to balance the fluids in and around your cells. Drinking too much water causes an imbalance causing sodium level to drop suddenly, and can cause the liquid to move inside your cells, making them swell. Brain cells don't hold water very well and can be damaged if the water intake is high to such an extent.
Symptoms might be on the lines of experiencing heatstroke and exhaustion. You might be hot, have a headache, and experience diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting.
Latest on Water
Replacing All artificial and processed beverages with Pure Water Is a Major Step Toward Health
Artificial and packaged Juice Is extremely bad for health as it will contains large amounts of sugar (or artificial low sugar sweetners), salt, and chemicals in the name of added flavour and preservatives. However fresh juice extracted from a juicer might be much better. Regardless nothing beats eating the whole fruit as is after washing, with all the fiber.
It is very easy and inexpensive to make your own electrolyte drink by just adding a small amount of natural, unprocessed salt, such as Himalayan salt, to your water.
Unlike the processed salt, this natural salt contains 84 different types minerals and trace minerals that your body needs for optimal function.
Another excellent option when you’re sweating profusely is coconut water.