Drinking enough water is surprisingly important for our bodies – and all our cells need water to function properly. Water helps our digestion, our circulation, it helps energize our muscles and helps us maintain youthful and healthy looking skin. Water even helps us lose weight. However many of us don’t drink enough of it
So how much water should we drink a day?
Well everyone is different – and your recommended daily water intake will also depend on your age, gender, health as well as the amount of exercise you are getting, the quantity and type of foods consumed eaten – which may vary day to day.
However as a general guide a healthy adult, it is recommended that your daily water intake consists of 1 litre (or one quart) of water for every 23 kg (or 50 pounds) of body weight.
How do I know what’s the right amount for me?
Our general advice is that you should aim to drink small amounts of water (typically 0.25 – 0.5 ml) every hour or so but not to force yourself to drink if you are full.
The best sign that you are drinking enough water is if your urine is almost clear – then you can cut back. Listen to your body and don’t force yourself to drink more than you feels right.
I want to lose weight – how much more water should I drink?
You don’t need to to increase your water intake excessively to feel the benefit. In a number of studies drinking as little as an additional 0.5 liters (17 oz) of water a day resulted in an extra 23 calories burned – which is roughly 17,000 calories a year— resulting in or over 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of fat loss.
Is it possible to drink too much water
While it’s not common – it is possible to drink too much. This has been known to occur when a very large amount of water is consumed in a very short space of time – leading to water intoxication, or water poisoning.