Everyone agrees that keeping hydrated is important for both our physical and mental health, but there are many different opinions on exactly how much water you should be drinking every day.
Most health authorities recommend the 8x8 rule (eight x 8-ounce glasses), which equals about 2 liters. The NHS Eatwell Guide says we should drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day. This can include juices, sports drinks, lower fat milk and sugar free drinks, including tea and coffee. Many used to believe that tea and coffee were dehydrating, but it's since been understood that the diuretic effect does not offset hydration.
It’s good to sip water throughout the day but there is research to show that drinking one glass of water 30 minutes before a meal can help digestion and drinking a glass an hour after the meal helps allow the body to absorb the nutrients.
Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Water also helps dissolve minerals and nutrients, making them more accessible to the body. It also helps remove waste products and essential for the kidneys to function. If the kidneys do not function properly, waste products and excess fluid can build up inside the body.
Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.
There is a lot of evidence to show that drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins, but not everyone will agree that water consumption will improve skin… but it certainly can't hurt. We know ourselves that when we are hydrated our skin has a more radiant glow.
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies suggests a total water goal - so that’s food and drink - as 2.7 litres for women and 3.7 litres for men each day. This may seem like a lot, but it is important to remember that roughly 20% of your water intake can come from the food you eat.
Next week we will be looking at what can effect your #dailywatergoals