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How Much Water to Drink? How Much Water to Drink?
The amount of water that you drink per day can make all the difference in your health and well-being. So how much water... How Much Water to Drink?

The amount of water that you drink per day can make all the difference in your health and well-being.  So how much water should you drink to keep yourself hydrated and healthy?  Well, you must be able to drink the proper amount of water to keep your body functioning properly and full of energy as even mild dehydration can lead to feeling drained and tired.

During the course of the day the average person loses around 4 cups of water per day through, breathing, sweating, bowel movements and an additional 6 cups of water through their urine per day. To keep it on the right track you should replenish your body’s water supply with not only lots of water but also foods that contain water.  So, how much water should you be drinking?  Tests have shown that by drinking around two liters of water per day you will be replenishing the amount of water that you lose per day, which is the doctor recommended allowance of water intake for a grown adult.  Now it is not only important to replenish your body with water but to keep an ample intake well above the recommended amount.  One some days you may lose more water through your natural activities and keep in mind that the outdoor weather will have a lot to do with this as some days are hotter than others, and your body has to be ready for this and have a “reserve” amount of water at the ready. If not feelings of fatigue, headaches, cramps will begin to show and cause you much discomfort.  Water is important to our bodies because it provides a medium for many chemical reactions and also for the fluidity of your cells that occur naturally within your body.

Water is important to life as it is the only substance on earth that is in liquid form at temperatures commonly found on earth and also water is great solvent which means that other substances easily dissolve into it which in our body’s allows water to carry nutrients to needy cells and also carries toxins and waste away from the body.  So by sticking to the recommended two liters or more of water per day you should be able to keep yourself healthy and well hydrated.

Also do not drink your daily allowance of water all at once, split up your water drinks throughout the day and this is especially important if you engage in daily exercising.  Be careful on drinking too much water as this will cause water intoxication and will trigger a problem caused by the dilution of sodium in your body called hyponatremia.  This is most commonly seen in infants under the age of 6 but is also seen in athletes as they sweat heavily losing both water and electrolytes.

So as long as you stick to the recommended 2 liter allowance you should be fine and keep your body well hydrated and healthy.