Monday, 29 July 2013

Drinking Water Myth

Water, one of the most essential ingredients of life, constitutes almost 75 percent of a human body. As far as facts are concerned, water is crucial to our survival as it performs and enables numerous functions in our body. It acts as an enabler in dissolving and digesting food as well as regulating body temperature.

So, yes! Water is absolutely essential to survive, second only to breathing air. A human body can’t survive for more than 3-4 days without water, while it can go without food for a couple of weeks (Do not try to test it!).

We have been hearing it for generations now that one must drink at least eight glasses of water every day. However, a lot of foods we consume, especially fruits and milk, contain a high percentage of water and make up sufficiently for our daily requirement. Thus, it doesn’t have to be a rule of thumb to drink eight glasses of water every day if you are getting it from food sources.

Of course you must drink water when you feel thirsty as your body is asking for it! The water requirement of each person varies according to his/her daily activities. People who have an active routine or are involved in physical activities during the day need more water intake than those who have a comparatively lighter schedule.

It’s simple: if you are sweating it out, you need to rehydrate!

Overall, water keeps your body working as it supposed to be.
People who have been searching desperately for ways to lose weight surely must have come across claims that drinking water can help them shed excess fat. However, there has been no direct evidence to that effect. Water simply helps maintain a healthy body. It may help a person feel healthier and enable better metabolism for people who are obese, which in turn can help lose some amount of body weight.

In that context, if you drink a glass of water before a meal, it will make your stomach fuller and your food intake may be lower than the amount you usually eat. Drinking excess water before a meal may however cause problems in digestion.

It is quite similar to claims that drinking water between meals hampers digestion. But the fact is, if the body needs it, you can drink water between meals. It doesn’t have to be a whole glass of water, but small sips should do the job.

For people who regularly hit the gym and engage in physical activities such as running or sports, drinking small amounts of water during such activities would be helpful as it rehydrates and energizes the body and makes up for what the body has lost due to excess sweating.

So, there doesn’t need to be a rule as to how much water you intake, but it depends on when and how much your body needs.

Only one rule in particular: Excess of anything is bad!