Everyone knows that it’s important to drink water, but do you know the specific benefits you reap from getting your daily fill of H2O?
For a start, drinking water helps with:
• Body maintenance
• Body growth
• Temperature regulation
• Lubricating the joints and eyes
• Flushing out waste and toxins
• Providing a medium for important chemical reactions
That’s not all. It’s also claimed that water helps to improve:
• Concentration levels
• Joint and muscle health
• Emotional outlook and physical performance
• Headache reduction
Myths About Drinking Water
There are a couple of myths about the humble glass of water that are important to keep in mind. The first is the misconception that you can only hydrate with water. Not true. While water is great because it contains no calories or sugars, milk and fruit juice are also good, provided you understand the amount of sugar you’re consuming. In addition, a large proportion of your fluid intake can come from the food you eat.
Another common myth is that you can never drink enough water. It is possible to drink too much. Overconsumption of water can lead to a potentially fatal condition called Hypernatremia, also known as water intoxication.
So How Much Water SHOULD You Drink?
That depends on many factors, including what you’ve eaten, your health, age, the climate and any physical activity. The factors involved are too numerous to leave us with definitive guidance on the amount an individual should drink, but generally, the Institute of Medicine (US) recommends 3 litres for men and 2.2 litres for women, while the Department of Health (UK) is 1.2 litres per person.
Disclaimer: This content is provided for general information only and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional.
Source: WaterCoolers Direct.com.