Around 60% of your body is made up of water. Yes, water is crucial for your survival. Water is important to maintain your temperature, keep the muscles hydrated, get rid of waste through urine, sweat and feces. Water is vital to keep various cells and systems functional.
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How much water an average healthy adult need to drink daily?
As per U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, men need about 3.7 liters (15 to 16 cups) and women need about 2.7 liters (11 to 12 cups) of fluids from various sources (water, other fluids, food) to stay hydrated. If you have fever, diarrhea, vomiting or excessive sweating, you may need more fluids. Certain medical conditions especially related to heart, liver and kidneys may require fluid restriction. If you are healthy and you drink more than what you need, you should be okay except you may just notice that you have to urinate more frequently. In rare cases, it may lead to fluid and electrolyte imbalance.
How do you know if you are well hydrated?
If you are not feeling thirsty and your urine is clear, that means you have enough fluid in your body. On the contrary, if you feel thirsty or your urine is not clear (yellow or brown), you may need more fluids.
What if you do not like the taste of water?
Well, you can add a slice of lime or orange to add natural flavor. You can also try drinking it cold.
How can water and hydration help common medical conditions?
Drinking adequate water and fluids may help to prevent and treat various conditions including but not limited to migraine, kidney stones/infection/injury, gout attacks, muscle injuries, constipation, eczema/dry skin
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