We need hydration, but how many glasses of water?

first_imgDepending on the cut and kind, meat has more or less 70%water.  The leaner the meat, the higherthe water content.  Poultry has about 10%lesser water content than red meat.  We always hear that we need to consume at least eight glassesa day for our bodies to flush out toxins and function well.  A glass of water is more or less equal to eightounces and consuming eight glasses a day totals to about two liters.  New clinical research says that because thereare not enough facts to support it, eight glasses a day is not exactly thenorm.  OUR TOTAL body weight is composed of 60 to 65 percentwater.  We need water in our system tocontrol body temperature, transport nutrients, lubricate and cushion ourjoints, nourish our brain, keep our skin moisturized, keep our eyes, ears andnose moist, improve digestion and overall cellular functions.  The best thing with water is that it helps us in weightloss because it fills us up and we tend to eat less.  Aside from water in fruits and vegetables,the fiber in them adds bulk but doesn’t contain any calories.  A high percentage of water and fiber in foodsresults in fewer calories per portion thus, we won’t be consuming many calorieswhen we eat. Of course, water replenishment is dependent on theintensity and duration of the activity. Plain water is best for hydration as it contains no extra calories.  On average, adults lose 10 cups of waterdaily thru sweat and urine but can be replenished by the food and fluids weingest. The earliest sign of dehydration is obviously thirst. Gradually,it involves elevated pulse rate and fatigue.  Later signs include weakness, dizziness and labored breathing.  Twenty percent of water is taken from our daily foodintake.  Fruits and vegetables have highwater contents like cucumber and iceberg lettuce (96%), watermelons andstrawberries (92%), broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage (90%), carrots (87%),pineapples and oranges (85%), banana (70%) and apples (65%).     Proper hydration is also dependent on age.  Children need more as they get easilydehydrated than adults because of their hyperactivity.  Older people also need more water because ofhealth conditions.  Men are naturallybuilt bigger and heavier than women so the need for water is more.  Pregnant women need more water than otherwomen. Electrolytes like potassium and sodium need water to bedissolved to trigger our nerves and muscle contractions. When rehydrating, do it in a cool place and drink slowlyas drinking too fast stimulates urination resulting in lesser hydration.  Unless we are athletes working out forextended periods, water is as good as sports drinks. Water temporarily boosts metabolism and in one study, an eight-ounceglass of water can burn about 12 calories so if we drink at least eight glassesof water, 96 calories will be burned.  Inanother study, participants who had 16 ounces of water before meals lost anaverage of five pounds over the period of three months as compared to those whodid not drink./PN Medical professionals recommend at least three liters formen and two liters for women but the amount is not all plain water as we alsoget water from the food and beverages we take. Most of us get enough hydration unless we’re involved in strenuousactivities for some time, extreme weather conditions or have excessive sweatingand urination.  Losing just two to four percentof our body fluids reduces our endurance and muscular strength. It only takes 30 minutes to get dehydrated in hot weatherand rehydration should be taken every 15 minutes during exercise.  last_img read more