How much water does your body need?
Drink eight 8 glasses of water a day!!! Back it up, someone, please?
Everybody’s body is different and hence the water requirement is different. There’s no fixed amount that you should drink.
Do you sweat a lot? If yes, up your water intake, NOW!
Do you sit in air-conditioned place throughout the day? You won’t get clear thirst signals, but open that bottle of water, NOW!
The amount of water that your body requires depends on a lot of things- do you spend a lot of time in the sun? Do you feel dizzy during or post exercise? Do you suffer from frequent headaches? This and the weather- The body obviously needs much more water in summers than in winters.
What happens when you don’t drink enough water? Your kidneys and heart misbehave! But then it’s obviously your fault.
You should always have water as soon as you wake up. Why? While sleeping, the body loses a lot of water and you need to make up for that. Drink as much as you want. It’s okay if your roommate drinks 5 glasses in the morning and you feel hydrated after having one. Remember- everyone’s body is different.
During the day?
Have as much as you want.
What you need to keep a check on is your water requirement during meals- It is perfectly okay to have water before a meal but during and after a meal? Drink! Drink if you are thirsty but don’t gulp, take small sips. Also, note that drinking water immediately after a meal leads to bloating.
Not sure if you are consuming enough water? Look at the color of your urine. It tells a lot about your body and water intake:
- Transparent: Cut back! You are drinking too much water
- Pale Straw Colour: Normal and well hydrated.
- Transparent Yellow: Normal.
- Dark Yellow: Normal. But you need to increase your water intake!
- Amber or Honey: DRINK WATER NOW!
If the color is darker than this or you see foam or fizz- see a doctor.
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