How much water should you drink per day?

The other day I was out and about with friends when all of a sudden I starting feeling really low and had a lack of energy out of know where.

 

After a quick trip to the bath room I noticed my pee was yellow signalling that I was dehydrated (see pee chart). So I down about a litre of nice cold water and almost instantly began feeling better.    Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 10.27.13

Being hydrated means better cell communication in our body. Water moves hormones, chemical messages and nutrients to vital organs which produce substances for the rest of the body.

Benefits of drinking water:

  • Water is zero calories

It’s best to choose water over any calorific beverage like fruit juice or coke which can contain up to 150 calories per glass. It is much easier to consume your calories by drinking them making it sure fire way to create unwanted fat cells.

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  • Energy Level Boost

Water keeps your muscle energised. When your muscle cells don’t have enough fluid they don’t work as well and your performance while exercising suffers.

  • Weight Loss aid

By drinking more water you increase satiety (feeling full) and boost your metabolic rate (the rate at which your body burns calories). Drinking water cold causes the body to use additional energy (calories) to heat the water to body temperature 98.6 degrees. 

There so many benefits to drinking more water; clearer skin, better digestion the list goes on.

The consequence of consuming insufficient water can be devastating to our body, just invent the benefits and you’ll get the picture.

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How much should we be drinking?

 

I’m sure you’ve heard you need 2 litres a day? Well unless your a 4 foot, 18 year old, that doesn’t get out of bed it doesn’t apply to you. 

The amount of water you need is based on your age, weight, height, amount of exercise you do and what you eat. I could go in more detail but I’l keep it simple:

Take your body in Kg’s, divided 0.024. So if you’re 80kg divided by 0.024 = 3.3 litres per day. This is the minimum! If you exercise you’ll add a litre or 2 more.

I normally drink 4-5 litres a day. Do you think that’s too much? How much are you drinking?