Water is one of the most essential components of your body. It is on average 60% of body mass (51% in women). The body’s water content changes with age: at birth, it is as much as 75%, while at the end of life it is much smaller.
Why is drinking water so important and what are the recommendations associated with it?
Even small water deficiencies can cause some negative changes to health like weakness, slow digestion or increased toxin concentration.
Water is used primarily to remove toxins from the body and to maintain constant body temperature. The body is unable to store water. Meanwhile, it loses water in many ways.
First of all, there are physiological losses associated with breathing, sweating, urination, and stool. Added to this is the loss of water resulting from an increased physical effort, high body temperature or the environment.
Water is the only necessary beverage for the body. Mineral water has widely recognized properties. It should be drunk depending on your needs. Spring, or tap, water is recommended for the preparation of beverages, and mineral water should be drunk to increase the level of magnesium or calcium or to improve digestion.
The feeling of thirst is a late alarm signal.
It appears when the body is already dehydrated. Therefore, do not wait for drinking until you feel thirsty. It is recommended to drink 1.5 liters of water a day (more if you are an active person or you exercise).
To reach this threshold, try drinking different types of water: carbonated or non-carbonated, drink from a glass and from a bottle.
It is necessary to stay hydrated because of many of your body functions depends on hydration:
In addition to cleansing the body, water is also essential for the proper functioning of the intestines: the stool must be sufficiently hydrated (fiber helps to absorb water).
When trying to lose weight, and not only then, it is good to develop a habit of reaching for a glass of water when you feel a slight hunger. Without providing calories, it will help you “cheat” the feeling of hunger.