Are you aware that water, meaning the chemical formula H2O, constitutes 50-70% of your body cells and is essential for the survival of humans, but also of our planet as a whole?
Water can be found anywhere on earth, but only a very small percentage (about 1%) can be consumed by humans. Access to water is therefore important.
The amount of recommended water to daily drink depends on your age, activities, the climate of your area, but also varies depending on season and your diet. For example, intense sports activity leads to increased losses, while hot climate and high temperature also increase water needs. Generally, you can consume about 2 liters of water daily (8 glasses) and add the losses you may have, e.g. sweating.
Some useful tips:
- Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water – this means that your body already is in need… Have a bottle of water with you and drink occasionally, but also during your meals.
- Drink a glass of water just before bedtime to cover your night needs!
- Start your day with a glass of water to stimulate your body!
- Severe headache, dry lips and hydrated skin are usually signs of lack of water and need to increase its consumption.
- You can keep your body hydrated by consuming food rich in water, such as fruits and vegetables, or by having other liquids, such as milk, without replacing water. Avoid excessive consumption of coffee or alcohol as they often may lead to dehydration.
Source: “The Body Book”, Cameron Diaz & Sandra Bark