Our bodies consist of 2/3 water by weight. Before we get into how much water we should be drinking, let’s talk about what type of water we should drink.
Our bodies maintain a PH balance of 7.35-7.45. We can, in fact, get sick if we experience an acidic shift which is why we should keep it above 7. Sometimes when we feel fatigued or drowsy we might think it’s because we are hungry or just need to rest. In a lot of cases, it is because our bodies are actually crying out for water, telling us that we are dehydrated and this might cause mood swings or lack of energy to complete day to day tasks and even workout.
Once your body experiences a loss of fluid it causes anxiety, frequent headaches, and can put you in a really crappy mood. So next time you have a headache, before reaching for a Panadol or an Advil, grab a bottle of water and drink it like your life depends on it. After a while, you should start to feel better. If you ever feel hungry after a snack or meal, drink some water to feel full as this promotes weight loss with no calories and stimulates a healthy metabolism. According to a study done in Minnesota, various skin issues can be prevented by drinking proper amounts of water.
Water makes up 50 to 70 percent of your body, so taking that into consideration, women should try to consume 2.7 liters or 11 glasses of water daily and men 3.7 liters which is 16 glasses of water daily. I myself aim to consume a gallon a day, but realistically I drink up to 3 liters a day, 4 if I push myself.
Remember fruits and vegetables contain water as well, so the water based fruits and vegetables you consume can be counted as part of your daily water intake.
Fitness Guru Cassey Ho, has some awesome detox water recipes on her website. My favorite is the lemon or cucumber water, it isn't too much or too little in terms of flavor, and it feels so good first thing in the morning. Check out her website and some of her recipes here.
I challenge all of you to drink 2 liters of water daily for 1 week and see the difference it does to your body. P.S you will pee a lot, so drink it a few hours before bed.