I’m sure you have all heard it at one time or another: “You need to drink more water.” But how much water is enough? And do children need the same amount as adults?
How much water you should drink each day depends on your body size, how physically active you are, and even the climate in which you live, because your body uses water to keep you cool or warm.
Every day, the average person should drink between 72 and 96 oz. of water – or between nine and twelve 8-oz. glasses – to replace the fluids normally lost throughout the day. Here’s a handy chart to help you remember:
Why is it dangerous to not take in enough water each day?
Every cell of your body is affected when you don’t get enough water. Your cells, organs, body system, and even your bones are made with water. Your body is also constantly losing water, even when simply breathing.
Do you exercise regularly? When you sweat, you lose a lot of electrolytes, including sodium, potassium and chloride, which are essential to your body’s functions. Sodium and potassium are essential to your cellular communications. This is why you’ll often get muscle cramps when you are lacking in water.
If your body’s water level drops, you become dehydrated, which can range from annoying to dangerous. Fatigue, lethargy, headaches, inability to focus, dizziness and lack of strength are all possible signs of dehydration. You must, must give yourself an adequate amount of water.
Is my water safe to drink?
Most cities and towns have some type of water treatment system that filters the public water supply and disinfects it with chemicals such as chlorine or chloramine to make it safe for home use. But while this treatment can destroy harmful microorganisms, sometimes the disinfection process results in new disinfection by-products (DBPs), such as THMs (trihalomethanes), Haloketones, Haloacetylnitriles, and Chloropicrin.
How can I assure that get clean, pure, delicious water for my family?
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“Everyone knows water is essential to life. But many are not aware of the many critical roles that water plays in virtually every part of our bodies. Water does more than sustain life. It can actually improve our health, fitness, and even our appearance.”
– Dr. Sam Rehnborg, Nutrilite Health Institute