After seeing that title you may have thought, “yup I am, I’m drinking enough water” and probably felt a bit proud of yourself because the last time you used the toilet, the stream was crystal clear. But are you really drinking enough water on a regular basis?
One day of crystal clear urine doesn’t cover for four days of lemon colored urine.
We must consume a certain amount of water to survive. On a daily basis men should consume around 3 litres of water, women should consume around 2.2 litres of water. This amount could be more or less depending on the age, weight, geographical location of the individual.
If you are unsure wether or not you are drinking enough water, here are some signs to look out for. Those who maintain a good level of hydration on a regular basis can also go through the signs for future reference purposes or use these signs as more reason to tell uncle Jim to drink water instead of a beer first thing in the morning.
The darker the color of your urine, the more dehydrated you are (assuming you are not on any medication and you are healthy. This is why it is advisable to drink at least a glass of water right after you wake up due to about 6 to 8 hours of not drinking any water. If you would like to put what you just read to the test, tomorrow morning when you get up to use the toilet, take a moment to observe the color of the stream. After that, drink two glasses of water and observe the next stream. I guarantee you will notice a difference in color between the stream before and that after drinking water.
Dry skin, dry eyes, dry mouth, basically dry everything. Ok that was a bad joke but you get the point. We are basically made up of 60% water. Important organs such as the brain is made up of 73% water, the heart is made up of 73% water, lungs are made up of 83% water, our kindeys are made up of 79% water, our skin which is the largest organ in the body is made up of 63% water. Imagine how bad it would be if these organs began to lack water? An easy sign to notice dehydration is dry skin.
For bodybuilders, dehydration is a taboo because as you must have guessed, our muscles also contain water. A depletion in water stored within the muscle can cause the muscle to reduce in size. Basically you will look a bit smaller than your normal “swolly” self.
Other signs include
- Excessive thirst
- Sunken eyes
Here are a list of 5 basic importance of water
- It cools down our internal body temperature,
- Transports substances like nutrients, red blood cells around the body and waste products out of the body,
- Lubricates the joints,
- Formation of saliva, thereby aiding digestion,
- Aids the breakdown of substances which are essential for our normal biological functioning.
Usually we may come close to our daily individual water intake requirement by drinking when we are thirsty but the best is to keep a water bottle which would serve as a means of measurement for the amount of water we drink.
Another simple way is to check on the body of the next bottled water you buy. You will find the a number on it with either “CL” meaning centiliter or “L” meaning litre right next to it. If the value is in centiliters divide by 100 to get the value in litre.
For myself, I usually get the water bottles with size 150CL which is 150 centiliters or 1.5 litres, from here I know I should drink around two of these water bottles during the day and be done by the time I go to bed.
Good luck with your water drinking!
Now, if you would excuse me, I need to go drink some water.
P.s beer doesn’t replace water, no matter how you look at it.