Are You Drinking Enough Water?

I was advised yet again by my Chinese reflexologist to drink more water in order to keep my back pain under control. And it surely works! I also read some more on the topic to remind myself of the importance and benefits of drinking enough water. Here’s one such article:

Water is a major component of every body cell, tissue and organ. It plays an important role in almost every body function, including:

  • Temperature regulation
  • Transportation of oxygen and nutrients through the blood
  • Acting as a necessary component of chemical reactions
  • Aid in elimination of waste through urine and feces
  • Lubrication of joints
  • Acting as a major component of body fluids such as mucus and tears
  • Giving the cells their shape and stability

Daily Requirements: Generally speaking, people should consume approximately 2 to 3 liters of fluid each day. This does not take into account a person’s medical condition, exercise habits, and living environment. Day-to-day activities may also increase ones need for fluid. For example, water requirements are increased when flying or during strenuous exercise.

Other sources of water: Many fruits and vegetables have a high water content, another reason why we should eat a lot of fresh produce. One hundred percent fruit juice also contributes fluid to our diet. Caffeine, however, is dehydrating and can cause you to lose water. Soda and many fruit juices are a huge source of wasted calories in our diet. (Source: Dudek, Susan G. Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Practice)

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9 thoughts on “Are You Drinking Enough Water?

  1. Hema, good question! I just checked on few of my favorite sites/blogs. And here’s an answer:

    “In a word, yes. Drinking too much water can lead to a condition known as water intoxication and to a related problem resulting from the dilution of sodium in the body, hyponatremia. Water intoxication is most commonly seen in infants under six months of age and sometimes in athletes. A baby can get water intoxication as a result of drinking several bottles of water a day or from drinking infant formula that has been diluted too much. Athletes can also suffer from water intoxication. Athletes sweat heavily, losing both water and electrolytes. Water intoxication and hyponatremia result when a dehydrated person drinks too much water without the accompanying electrolytes.” Here’s a link to the full article: http://chemistry.about.com/cs/5/f/blwaterintox.htm

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  2. That was an interesting link. So what I gather from the water intoxication article is that too much water or water intoxication is a condition that seems to happen more with marathoners who really sweat it out and in a bid to rehydrate overdo it without the required amount of salts. There is also a risk of too much water with people having heart problems relating to the heart’s pumping capacity (or ejection fraction)when the heart can’t take the load or the excess water.

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  3. Thanks Mush, your article remid me,that I have to drink enough water coz to my opinion,will be in trouble drink much water. you know why?It will make me always like go to pie ha ha just kdng

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  4. Too Much water??? Too little??? Ca’mon guys!!!!!!!!

    Two words, with all due respect to everyone. ” Common Sence”

    The bottom line is, it’s extremely good and healthy to stay hydrated 🙂

    CHEERS TO WATER………… 😉

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