We all very well know that our bodies are 75%-80% water. And our brains are even more than that – whopping 85% water. No joke, we’re just big bags of water walking around. And that’s why we hear so much about how important it is to drink a lot of water each day. But actually how much is enough?
On an average basis, men should have around 3 liters (or 12 cups) and women around 2.5 liters (10 cups) each day. But even that may not be enough. Most of us are chronically dehydrated largely because we need even more water than usual when we…
- Have high stress levels
- Eat processed foods, like fast food, sugary foods
- Drink alcohol
- Drink excessive tea or caffeine
- Exercise or run around a lot
- Live in a warm or dry climate
- Live at a high altitude (above 8,200 feet)
- Have an illness of fever, diarrhea or vomiting
- Have diseases including heart failure, kidney, liver or adrenal disease
- Have an infection of the bladder or urinary tract
- Are pregnant or breast feeding
Whether you want shinier hair, younger skin, perfect functioning gastrointestinal system or a healthier detoxified body, pure clear water is the world’s best elixir. Water helps keep the body well hydrated, which is essential because almost every cell in the body needs water to function properly. Living in a state of chronic dehydration causes exhaustion, headaches and migraines, fatigue, and poor performance of body functions, sugar cravings and increased hunger, amongst other things. So the next time you feel exhausted and tired or hungry, or you notice you fit into that list above, grab yourself a glass of water. It’s a habit that can really make a difference.