More than half of our body consists water, give or take. Water is necessary for carrying nutrients to your cells, flushing bacteria from your body, replacing the fluids lost from the liquid waste our body produces- basically, in maintaining homeostasis. So, it is common to wonder just what amount of it is perfect for your body.
But, there is no definitive answer to this as the amount of water you may need to intake depends on various factors such as your health, your sex, the level of physical activity you do in a day, and lastly, the climate of where you live.
According to the Institute of Medicine, the average, healthy male living in a temperate climate needs about 3 liters of water per day. When it comes to women, they suggest drinking about 2.2 liters of water in a day. Drinking any less than this could lead to dehydration and possible kidney problems in the future. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you feel tired.
A popular belief suggests that the more water you drink, the better your health will be. This is nothing but a myth. A study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine warned that over consumption of water could lead to hyponatremia, which occurs when the kidneys become flooded by large quantities of water, unable to process the liquid efficiently. The sodium leveled in the human body aren’t able to balance the amount of water, eventually leading to the swelling of cells and -in extreme cases- death.
So, it is very important to drink just the perfect amount- not too little or too much. Stay hydrated!