By: Tim Sr.
Water is essential to all living things to survive. Our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water, and it uses this water in all of its cells, organs and tissues to help maintain bodily functions. It is constantly utilizing water, and you’ll lose water through sweating, digestion and even breathing, which is why it’s so important to know if you’re getting enough water. But how much do we actually need to survive?
Do you ever wonder if you’re drinking enough? Or maybe just how much actually is enough? The general recommendation is 8 glasses a day. This may be enough for some, and nowhere near enough for others. Some people might say they only need 1 to 2 liters, while others say 1 to 2 gallons! So, what’s the real answer if there’s so many different responses?
Well, it’s entirely dependent on you.
Your lifestyle, age, the temperature you live, humidity levels, how active you are, if you’re pregnant, what kind of work you do, if you’re sick… The list goes on forever. There’s truly no magic number for what is “enough”.
When you need to drink water also changes the amount you should have. For instance, when you’re exercising or it’s warm out, you may need to drink more than when you’re snuggled up on the couch on a cold day. You might need more water on a day you don’t consume any much fruit, than you would on a day that you had 3 servings of fruit.
The body is an incredible machine that regulates the amount of water in your system. The body will hold on to water if there’s not enough and eliminate when you have too much.
Because there are so many different factors that will change the amount of water we need, the best way to gauge if you’re drinking enough water, is just to keep tabs on your urine color. Is usually dark? Or is it generally a very light yellow? If it’s usually dark, you’re likely not drinking enough water. If it’s usually clear, you’re well hydrated.
Always just remember, Pee clear, have no fear. Pee yellow, sickly fellow!