Benefits Of Drinking ‘Enough’ Water

We all know that we need to drink enough water during the day and everyone probably heard about the 2 liters threshold. But why? It’s a fact we can’t survive long without drinking water and it’s also very important for our health and overall mood.

Keeps Your Performance At Peak

When you don’t drink enough water throughout the day you may see a decline in your physical performance. So much that even if you lose 2% of the water from your body, your performance can be seriously affected. This loss may reveal itself in fatigue, loss of body temperature control, low motivation, and excessive physical and mental stress during the exercise. On the other hand, research results showed that drinking enough water during the day not only protects from these negative effects but also reduces the oxidative stress caused by the high-intensity exercises. When considering that 80 per cent of the muscles are made of water, it becomes easier to grasp how important it is to pay attention to daily water intake.

Supports Brain Functions

Drinking enough water during the day has significant impacts on brain functions. In a research that conducted on young women at the University of Connecticut showed that even a 1-2% drop in the body’s water level decreases many brain functions. Within the scope of this research, women who lost 1.36% of the amount of water in their body after exercise showed signs of low concentration, worsening mood swings and headache attacks. In a similar study conducted with young men, results showed that men who lost 1.59% of the amount of water in their body after exercise showed signs of increased negative feelings such as fatigue and anxiety, and there was even a sign of worsened memory.

Can Help With Treating And Preventing Headaches

The main reason for migraines in many people is the habit of drinking not enough water. Research results showed that drinking more water can help with the treatment and prevention of headaches.

Nourishes The Body

Although the water itself doesn’t have any nutritive properties, it gives necessary minerals to the body.

Mean Median Min Max Avg mg
in 2 liters
DRI* mg/day
(male 31-50y)
Ca 3.0 2.7 0.0 10.0 61 1000
Cu 0.0098 0.0017 ND 0.4073 0.20 0.90
Fe 0.002 0.0003 ND 0.065 0.04 8
K 0.5 0.2 ND 20.4 9.8 4700
Mg 0.9 0.8 0.0 4.6 19 420
Mn 0.0002 ND ND 0.0099 0.005 2.3
Na 3.8 1.9 0.1 39.1 76 1500
P 0.01 0.01 ND 0.2 0.29 700
Zn 0.005 0.001 ND 0.075 0.10 11

Mineral content of water (mg/100g)

Helps The Body To Regulate Heat

Water is great for absorbing and transferring heat into the body. On the other hand, water also helps with the regulation of body temperature. Since it has a large heat capacity, it can protect our cells against sudden temperature changes. The main reason for the warnings like everyone should drink enough water during the day in countries with a hot climate are based on that feature.

How Much Water Should We Drink Every Day?

We now understand how important it is to drink enough water during the day. So how much exactly? The internet is full of thousands of articles that answer this question but almost none of them are quite right. Many of these articles say that 8 glasses a day is what everyone should aim for. However, experts say that the ideal amount of water may vary according to a person’s age, gender and conditions. According to the American National Academy of Medicine, an adult woman should drink 2.7 liters of water a day, while an adult man should drink 3.7 liters a day. And while exercising, you should add 350 ml of water for every 30 minutes you spent in physical activities on top of these numbers.

As you can see, drinking only 2 liters of water every day is a little optimistic at least and if you can’t even achieve this, then you should start to spend a little more effort to drink water during the day!


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