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How much water do you drink every day? It seems to be a simple and ordinary question, but it’s in fact a very important one.

Doesn’t it make you wonder if the amount of water you drink daily is sufficient or not?

Most of us don’t really know how much water we should be drinking. Or even if we do know, are we really having that much water daily?

Quite recently, my younger daughter started losing hair on a portion of her head. We took her to the doctor, a trichologist, who asked her how much water was she drinking.

This one question helped me discover the reasons behind my daughter’s misery if hair loss.

Well, it turned out that she was hardly drinking enough water. She used to hardly have about 3-4 glasses per day, and sometimes not even that much!

The doctor told us certain things that I didn’t know before, and thought it best to share it with all of you.

As concerned parents, we also asked the doctor that how much water does one really need. And also, what happens when we don’t drink the required amount of water.

“Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.” ~ Mark Twain

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How Much Water Do We Need

You all know that water is one of our lifelines – it’s not just a worthless, colorless, and odorless liquid.

Various studies show varying recommendations, but the reality is that the requirement of water for your body depends on many factors. This includes how active you are, your health, and where you live.

Daily you lose water through your breath, urine, bowel movements, and perspiration.

For your body to function normally, you need to replenish the water supply by consuming foods and beverages that contain water.

According to the Institute of Medicine, a healthy adult living in a temperate climate needs roughly 3 liters of total beverages a day. The adequate intake for women is 2.2 liters of total beverages daily.

Just remember to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids daily.

Did you know that water makes up nearly 60% of your body weight? Also, did you know that every system in your body depends on water?

Benefits of Water

Water is essentially a provider of minerals to our body. Our body has limited ability to absorb minerals solely through foods, thus water does rest of the work.

My daughter’s hair analysis showed they lacked minerals, which was one of the causes for her hair fall.

Here are a few other reasons why water is necessary and why its intake should be sufficient.

  • It carries nutrients to your cells
  • It flushes toxins out of the vital organs.
  • It helps to regulate temperature.
  • It provides a medium for biological reactions to take place in the body.
  • It provides a moist environment for the ear, nose, and throat tissues.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration that can make you tired because it drains your energy.

This could result in headaches, loss of concentration or memory problem, and mood problems. Or even constipation and kidney stones.

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“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” ~ Loran Eisley

Factors of How Much Water You Need

The following might increase the need for fluid requirement in your body:

1- If the environment isn’t favorable and high altitude

Hot and humid weather can make you sweat, and you would need additional fluid. Your skin can lose moisture during wintertime in heated indoors.

Even high altitude triggers rapid breathing and increased urination, which use more of your fluid reserves.

2- If there is increased physical activity

If you exercise or walk briskly in such a way that it makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the loss of fluid.

If you don’t know how much water to use at such times, just remember that 1.5 to 2.5 cups of water would suffice for short bouts of exercise.

You would need more water for longer periods of exercises. Most people use a sport drink that contains sodium. This helps replace the lost sodium in sweat, and continues to replace fluids after you end exercising.

3- If you have an illness or other health conditions

When you have diarrhea, fever, or vomiting, your body loses fluids. At such times you need to drink more water.

Similarly, if you develop certain conditions like some type of adrenal, kidney, and liver disease, or heart failure – it might impair the excretion of water. It may even require that you limit your fluid intake.

4- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding

Such women need more fluids to stay hydrated because lots of fluid is used while nursing.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women should drink 2.3 liters of fluids every day. Similarly, women who breast-feed should consume 3.1 liters of fluids daily.

So, how much water you really need depends a lot on the above conditions, beside other factors.

Drinking water is the best way to replace lost fluids in the body. However, other liquids that are also effective are milk, tea, fruit juice, soup, and sports drinks.

On an average, you get 20% of your total water intake even from the food you consume. Many fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and watermelons are 90% or more water by weight.

I just wish my daughter starts having more of fruits, vegetables and water as well. That’s because the doctor mentioned that she lacked minerals in her diet.

Hope all of you are careful about how much water you drink daily!

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” ~ Thomas Fuller

Quick Tips to Maintain Fluid Levels

If you don’t know how much water to take daily, or how you need to maintain fluid levels, try the following tips:

  • Start your day with a glass of water when you wake up. Thereafter have 3-4 glass of water within the next hour.
  • Keep a bottle of water near you all the time and keep sipping through it regularly.
  • Have a glass of water before and after every meal.
  • Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables because they have high water content.

However, be careful that you don’t drink too much of water because even that has its side effects that can harm you.

Hey! Let’s take a poll on how much water do YOU drink every day.

 Over to you

Do you drink enough water daily? Have you faced any problems when you don’t have the required amount of water daily? How much water do you think we need every day? Share your views below.

 

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  1. Priteeka

    December 24, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Nice article..water is really very important part of our body.more than 70 percent of our body made by water.so it is very necessary to drink 3 to 5 litre water as per your capacity.

  2. Rachit Aggarwal

    November 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing the article.

    I would like to say that I am not agree with the tip “Have a glass of water before and after every meal.” It is because it is strongly advisable in Ayurveda not to drink water after meal because water tends to dilutes your digestive fire. And still if you want to drink, drink hot water.

    • Harleena Singh

      November 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Rachit,

      You are most welcome 🙂

      I agree with you, though some people do suggest drinking luke-warm water after giving a little gap, but it’s actually your own personal choice if you’d like to have it or not.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

      BTW – Please do get yourself a Gravatar so that your profile picture is visible 🙂

  3. John

    June 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    A very informative post on water consumption, water is absolutely essential for optimal health, the factors that you pointed out should be considered rather than just following the average recommendation of 6-8 glasses a day. And i believe if you cant do much about your health, replenishing your body with sufficient water daily is a first step towards a better health.

    • Harleena Singh

      November 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Hi John,

      Sorry for the late reply – I guess I missed out on your comment 🙂

      Glad you liked the post, and yes water IS essential and something that most of us tend to ignore half the time. Yes, 6-8 glasses is usually what’s recommended, but a lot depends on the kind of food you have and your body too. It’s the best thing for your body for sure!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  4. Sebastian Aiden Daniels

    May 28, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I drink enough water. I might even drink too much water. I get obsessive about my water intake. If my urine becomes yellow then I freak out until I have enough water. My friends tease me on how much water I drink, but hey it is better than me being an alcoholic : D. Lovely article because water is the lifeblood of humans.

    • Harleena Singh

      May 28, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Hi Sebastian,

      Good to know that your water intake is sufficient 🙂

      Yes indeed, the urine color is often the first indication whether your water intake is good enough or not. It’s better to have more of water than not have enough of it, though too much of it can also at times have it’s problems. I think it all comes down to how much you are comfortable drinking – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  5. Ravi Kochhar

    May 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Water is infact our lifeline. Drinking plenty of water helps us remove toxins from our body and keeps our body hydrated, but now the issue is how much is too much. I nave been reading comments of Aditya above, it is very difficult to put an ideal amount of water to be consumed by an individual on daily basis as excess consumption might also lead to severe health conditions. I think the ‘ideal’ amount varies from person to person depending upon an individual’s body structure and various other factors such as living conditions, atmospheric temperature, activity level etc.

    • Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Welcome to the blog Ravi!

      Yes indeed, water IS our lifeline, and if we don’t drink enough water, we do face many health problems.

      I agree, it’s tough to make out how much water is enough or not enough because everyone’s body requirement is different – and the other factors as you mentioned. I guess what really works is that you have enough to keep yourself well hydrated and don’t go overboard with what is generally recommended as that can sometime affect you adversely too.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. bhanu pratap

    May 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing this valuable post in summer session.
    Daily 1.5 liter to 2.7 liter is sufficient for the young people.

    • Harleena Singh

      May 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Hi Bhanu,

      Glad you liked the post, and yes, it’s good to drink as much water as you can, especially during the summers. How much you can drink or the amount your body can take, would depend from one person to another.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Matthew Denos

    April 24, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Here is what I have noticed. I work from a desk for around 8 hours a day. If a glass of water is not on my desk, I will not drink enough water by the end of the day. Taking a few sips now and then as I work is what helps me reach the necessary 6-8 glasses a day.

    • Harleena Singh

      April 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Matthew,

      Absolutely! This is something that happens with most of us who sit for long hours in one place. I guess we tend to get quite lost in our work to even think or feel thirsty. Keeping a bottle of water near my workplace is something I also started and it does work wonders, just the way you use your glass of water. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

    • Richard Thompson

      August 16, 2013 at 12:54 am

      I just recently started doing this actually. I found I was feeling really sluggish and just generally dehydrated throughout the day. With an office job, sometimes it can be hard to keep your water intake at the right level. But I brought a cup that I always have filled with water and I’m able to just take sips every once in a while. I’ve been feeling a lot better, and it’s all just because of water intake!

      • Matthew Denos

        August 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        Hi Richard,

        I am actually practicing now what I said. I have a glass of water and take a few sips as a work on my computer, like you.

  8. Krisca Te

    April 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I totally agree with this. I’ve been following this habit for 7 years now and I think this has helped keep a balance in my diet and overall health.

    • Harleena Singh

      April 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Welcome to the blog Krisca!

      Nice to know that you have been following this habit for a long time, so you must be knowing all about how much water we need to drink daily. It does help to keep the right balance for our bodies.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  9. Mahadi

    April 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Hi Harleena,

    How much water do you drink daily- is a very informative article. Number 5 sub-point was unknown to me at the section of benefits of water.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Harleena Singh

      April 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Mahadi,

      Glad you liked the article. Nice to know that you knew about the benefits of water. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  10. Manickam Vijayabanu

    November 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Harleena,

    Wonderful post. Indeed, you have analyzed like a doctor with valid points and consequences. True. Even we can skip a lunch if needed, but should not forgot to have enough water. Human body is kind of locomotive engine and it requires lot of fuel in the form of water to expel out the energy.

    With our busy work schedule, its very common we all tend to incline on less consumption of water. But the impact is really very bad. One good think, I grew up from child hood by hearing the importance of water consumption, since my father is a Doctor. But these days, I do admit that I am consuming less water than required. We should keep focused and can add some alert on mobile or laptop as gentle reminder.

    Thanks for sharing the post.

    • Harleena Singh

      November 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Glad you like the post, Manickam!

      Water is life, truly, and we cannot keep our body deprived of it. You’re right – we should not forget to have enough water. Those who do, will face its dire consequences later in life, and that’s the dilemma. Since the repercussions of not drinking enough water are not spontaneous, we take it for granted and ignore the issue as insignificant.

      Your father was right; even I tell the same to my kids, but it’s not easy to make them understand the importance of water. I think the best way is to create a habit to carry a bottle of water with us, always.

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post. 🙂

  11. Carolyn

    November 25, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I am so sorry to hear that your daughter is having such difficulties, but I hope that increasing her water intake remedies the situation rapidly.

    I like your suggestions of how to space out the timing of your water intake. I keep a water bottle with me wherever I go. I just pour water into a reusable bottle and take it with me. Once you get used to drinking water a lot, it seems wrong to not drink so much.

    Thanks for this important post, Harleena!

    • Harleena Singh

      November 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Hope so too Carolyn!

      I have my fingers crossed. The medications along with the other food and water intake is going on full swing. The doctor did say that it will be a gradual process, so another one month and we will know how things are working for her. However, with winters setting in now – the water intake is a struggle with her still, but I’m trying to compensate that with warm fluids like soup etc.

      I’ve learnt this way works best, especially when you are always sitting and writing (like me). Keeping a bottle of water near me is working for me, or else how much water I’ve had always slipped my mind.

      Thanks for stopping by. Always nice to have you over. 🙂

  12. Susan Deborah

    November 22, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Harleena:

    Thanks for this informative post. I have seen your eloquent comments quite often in Corinne’s blog but have never stopped by. The ‘water’ in this post brought me here. I never even wildly attributed lack of water to hair-fall. This was an eye-opener to me. Way back in 2000, when I was an undergrad, it was found that I had a stone in my kidney. The reason was attributed to my drinking very less water. From then on, I started religiously and consciously drinking lots of water. And, now by default I drink bottles after bottles.

    Thanks for this post.

    Joy always,
    Susan

    • Harleena Singh

      November 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Welcome to the blog Susan!

      I guess we have Corinne to thank for connecting us up here, and I am glad you stopped by. 🙂

      You are absolutely right about lack of water as being one of the reasons for hair fall, something we also never really knew till we visited the doctor for our daughters problem.

      Yes indeed, kidney stones are also known to occur due to lack of water, though again I guess you wouldn’t have known until you had the problem and the doctor told you about it – isn’t it? Nice to know that it made you change your habit of drinking water from less to more.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂




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