Water is essential of life; it is an astonishing fact that our body is 66 percent water. It is the most important nutrient for human body, without it most people are dead in four days. Water has many roles throughout the body other than flushing the kidneys, including dissolving minerals, and acting as a delivery system, a lubricant and a temperature regulator. Even very mild dehydration can lead to constipation, headaches, lethargy and mental confusion, while increasing the risk of urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

During a day under normal circumstances, we lost around 1.5 liters of water in urine, 750ml through the skin, 400ml in the breath and 150ml in faeces. That’s total of 2.8 liters a day which suggest the amount that human body needs.

Firstly, the body makes water by metabolizing food, normally around 300ml a day. Then there is the water in food itself, which normally provides around 1 liter a day. This totals 1.3 liters, leaving the average person 1.5 liters short and that’s the equivalent of six glasses of water.

The ideal intake of water is 2 liters per day since you might sweat more in hot weather or if you exercise. Also, drinking more is generally helpful for the kidneys. This is because many toxins, both those generated by the body and the ones that are consumed, are eliminated via the kidneys. By diluting the concentration of these toxins in the blood will give kidneys an easier time.


How much water should i drink a day?

During a day under normal circumstances, we lost around 1.5 liters of water in urine, 750ml through the skin, 400ml in the breath and 150ml in faeces. That’s total of 2.8 liters a day which suggest the amount that human body needs.

Firstly, the body makes water by metabolizing food, normally around 300ml a day. Then there is the water in food itself, which normally provides around 1 liter a day. This totals 1.3 liters, leaving the average person 1.5 liters short and that’s the equivalent of six glasses of water.

The ideal intake of water is 2 liters per day since you might sweat more in hot weather or if you exercise. Also, drinking more is generally helpful for the kidneys. This is because many toxins, both those generated by the body and the ones that are consumed, are eliminated via the kidneys. By diluting the concentration of these toxins in the blood will give kidneys an easier time.




When to drink water?

People may think that thirst indicates you need more water. While this is obviously true in most circumstances, there are other factors that can trigger the thirst reflex.

People with diabetes or borderline diabetes are often thirsty. This is because their blood sugar levels are too high; the body wants to dilute glucose in the blood which can be toxic to cells. This is why sweet drinks make you drink more. The other reason for thirst is essential fat deficiency. Many people especially children, are deficient in essential fats from fish, seeds and oils. Without the right fats cells cannot maintain their right water balance, and excessive thirst can result.

Any combination of the symptoms below helps you become more in tune with your body’s cries for water:

  • Are you prone to constipation?

  • Do you have dry, brittle hair?

  • Are you often thirsty?

  • Is your urine very strongly colored?

  • Do you feel tired?

  • Are you having difficulty concentrating?

  • Do you have dry skin, mouth or lips?

  • Are you overheating?

  • Do you get frequent infectious?

  • Do you have joint problems?

In summary, always drink the equivalent of eight glasses (2 liters) of water a day, as water, diluted juices or caffeine-free drinks. Choose natural mineral water, pure water or filtered tap water.