The body is about 60% water, give or take. The health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 litres. However, there are other health gurus who think we’re always on the brink of dehydration and that we need to sip on water constantly throughout the day… even when we’re not thirsty. As with most things, this depends on the individual and there are many factors (both internal and external) that ultimately affect our need for water.
So, How Much?
There is no real easy answer tho that question as we are all different and our needs are also quite different. When our total water content goes below a certain level, thirst kicks in. This is controlled by mechanisms similar to things like breathing… we don’t need to consciously think about it. For the majority of people, there probably isn’t any need to worry about water intake at all… the thirst instinct is very reliable and has managed to keep us humans alive for a very long time. That being said, there are certain circumstances that may call for increased water intake… that is, more than simple thirst commands.
When are these circumstances?
The most important one may be during times of increased sweating. This includes exercise, as well as hot weather (especially in a dry climate). If you’re sweating a lot, make sure to replenish the lost fluid with water. Athletes doing very long, intense exercises may also need to replenish electrolytes along with water. Water need is also increased during breastfeeding, as well as several disease states like vomiting and diarrhea. Older people may need to consciously watch their water intake, because some studies show that the thirst mechanisms can start to malfunction in old age.
Tips to keeping hydrated:
Sip on BCAA throughout the day- not only will you stay hydrated but also the body will stay in an anabolism aiding in muscle growth, recovery and fat burning. You can see our range of BCAA HERE.
Have a larger water bottle to set as a goal to drink- our 2.2L Pro Jugs are a perfect solution for your desk and are available HERE.
Make it a habit that you sip on water regularly so it becomes second nature- set goals- aim to have a sip of water every time the clock hits an even or odd number, every time you get an email or every time you see a bus- anything that can trigger you into drinking water!
So that is it! In conclusion although there is no rule of thumb the 8x8 approach (8 250ml cups a day AKA 2L) is the most reliable source we have in regards to water intake daily. The more active your lifestyle the more hydration is required. Use our handy tips above to ensure you keep your body optimal hydration levels.