Water is fundamental for the life of any human being. More than half our body is composed by it. And one of our biggest mistakes is drinking water when we are thirsty, which is a sign of dehydration. Drinking two liters of water is what common sense recommends, but did you know that there is a specific calculation to determine the amount of water we should drink every day?
The nutrition specialist and doctor Ileana Moraes will clarify about this and other topics.
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Blog Sobrancelhas.com/en: We often hear that we should consume, at least, 2 liters of water per day. Is this the standard amount for everyone?
The rule of 2 liters of water per day is a simple way of calculating the minimum daily amount. But there is a more trustworthy way of calculating this and personalizing the hydro intake. It would be ideal to calculate from 35 – 45 ml per 2.2 lbs. of weight. For example, someone who weighs 132 lbs. would consume from 2100 to 2700 ml of water per day. Keeping in mind that this hydro amount can increase according to the individual’s physical activities and the external temperature in the region he/she lives.
Blog Sobrancelhas.com/en: What are the benefits of water for our organism?
Water is a part of almost every chemical reaction that happens in our organism. It serves to regulate the body temperature, through sweating. It is also important for the excretion of undesired substances through urine. It is a lubricant for structures such as the joints, the eyes, and the meninges. Water is part of important processes like the digestion of foods.
Blog Sobrancelhas.com/en: Is it true that only drinking water when we are thirsty is a sign of dehydration?
That’s true. The fact that an individual feels thirsty is already a sign that he/she is dehydrated. The correct way would be to intake water to the point that we don’t feel thirsty during the day.
Blog Sobrancelhas.com/en: How do we create the habit of drinking water?
One of the things I often say to my patients is that we don’t miss what we don’t have. With water, it’s the same way…We only feel thirsty of miss having water if we gradually offer this element to the body.
So, an effective way of improving that is by offering small portions throughout the day, and avoid drinking in large quantities.
For those who don’t like water, we can flavor it, or add some elements like herbs, fruits, or even roots to improve the taste of the water.
What about you? Getting ready to change your habits?
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