How many times have you heard people saying you should drink eight glasses of water every day. Water plays a very important part in our lives, preventing dehydration, regulating our body temperature and also flush out all the toxins that we have in our body. But is it true that we really need to drink eight glasses of water every day?
According to an article in Live Science, in a 2002 review of studies, we often overlooked the sources that we are taking our water from. One such source is the food we eat every day. Many of the fruits and foods we intake naturally contains water, and in a 2004 report by the National Academies of Sciences, the average North American gets about 20 percent of his or her daily water intake through food, and that counts toward healthy hydration.
Another source that we often overlooked is the total amount of beverages we consume every day, besides water, according to the 2002 review of studies, the eight glasses of water should be accounted for including caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, and beer.
Chances are, we normally would not take these drinks into consideration when we have our eight glasses of water, and most probably we would have already reached the required intake to keep our body hydrated.
Does that mean that we should not drink more than eight glasses of water per day?
This answer is highly dependant on each individual, the environment that you live in, the climate, your diet, and how much your physical activities could make a difference in how much water you need. The more sweat, obviously you would need more water.
To ensure that you are not dehydrated regardless of any circumstances, the best way is to allow your body to guide you. If your feeling thirsty or your urine colour has become dark yellow, it could be a sign that you need more water in your body.
When this occurs, do remember to drink up!