If you're anything like me, you probably prefer drinking diet soda or diet Snapple over water. Unfortunately, not drinking water will cause health problems. So the question is how much water to drink a day to lose weight? First, I'll give you a run down on why H20 is important for your overall health. Then I'll answer the question as to how much you should drink per day.
The Function of Water and Our Body
Scientific studies indicate that 55% to 78% of our bodies are committed of water. So roughly, two thirds of our body is made up of water. Obviously, we need to stay hydrated if we are to keep our bodies running smoothly.
Breakdown of Tissue and Organs
To understand how important the consumption of water is to keeping our bodies running smoothly, here is a breakdown of the percentage it plays in our tissue and organs. Our muscles consist of 75% water. 90% of our brain is made up of water. Our bones are made up of 22% water. Our blood is made up of 83% water.
Still doubt the importance of drinking water? Here are some more fun facts as to how our body uses H2O to run smoothly.
How Water Makes Our Body Function
Water does a myriad of things. It gets rid of impurities in our system, protects our vital organs, regulates our body temperature, is responsible for the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to cells, speeds up our metabolism, and keeps our joints lubricated.
Water is Liquid Gold
With all the benefits water provides, I'd call it liquid gold. If you have a headache for instance, simply drinking a glass of water will subdue your headache. Why? Because your brain is 90% water, if you do not get enough water in your body, your brain can not function well. You become dehydrated and fatigued.
How Much Should We Drink a Day?
So exactly how much water should you drink per day? The standard answer is that we should drink eight 8 oz glasses of per day. But many experts beg to differ. We lose at least that amount of water daily when we perspire, urinate, or exercise. So the consensus is that you should drink half your weight in water.
For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, then you should drink 100 ounces – that comes to rough 12.5 eight ounce glasses of water. If you exercise, you should drink at least 3 to 4 more glasses.
Symptoms of Dehydration
How do you know if you're not getting enough water? Here are some symptoms that suggest your intake of water is inadequate: constipation, muscle cramps, fatigue, headache, very dark urine, hungry, and dry skin.
Drinking Too Much Water
When is drinking water too much of a good thing? There is such thing as having too much of a good thing. While water is essential to good health, if you over do it, you can send your body into shock through water indoxication. Your body needs a certain amount of sodium to function. Excess water can dilute the needed sodium in your body. So stick with the recommended daily dosage.