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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Updated: May 17, 2022

Think of what you need to survive, really just survive. Food? Water? Air? Instagram? Naturally, I'm going to concentrate on water here. Drinking water does more than just quench your thirst — it’s essential to keeping your body functioning properly and feeling healthy. Nearly all of your body’s major systems depend on water to function and survive. You’d be surprised about what staying hydrated can do for your body.

Our brain is 80% water, our muscles (including your heart) are 75% water, your blood is 83% water, your lungs are 90% water, your skin is 64% water, and even your bones are 30% water.

Optimal water intake helps with maintaining memory function, improving concentration and cognition.

As we have learned, that skin is 64% water, and increasing your water intake will positively affect your skin health. Optimal intake of water helps in getting rid of skin toxins resulting in radiant skin.

Mild dehydration, which is 1-3% bodyweight loss of water, can alter brain function. Cognitive functions such as concentration, alertness, and short term memory are affected negatively during mild dehydration.

Body Water Percentage

The percentage of water in the body varies slightly but is usually within the 45–75% range. The percentage of water in the body changes with age. Babies have a very high percentage of water in their bodies, while older adults have less. There is more water in lean muscle than there is in fatty tissue.

Typically, a female body contains a lower percentage of water than a male one. This is due to females having a higher percentage of fat. This water distribution means that people with a higher percentage of body fat are likely to have a lower percentage of water in their bodies.

The normal total body water volume range is 58 ± 8% for males and 48 ± 6% for females.

How to Know My Body Water Percentage

There is a range of scientific methods to calculate body composition, including the percentage of water.

People can use online calculators to determine the percentage of water in the body.

They can also use the Watson formula to calculate total body water in liters.

How to Maintain a Healthy Body Water Percentage

It is essential to drink enough water to support all functions of the body. It is recommended to

  • carrying a water bottle for easy access

  • choosing water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages

  • choosing water when eating a meal out:

  • not waiting until feeling thirst to drink fluids

  • drinking a glass of water before and after exercise

  • drinking a glass of water when taking medication

Other zero-calorie beverages also include black coffee, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, green tea. It’s important to note that these beverages are 99% water and is a very effective strategy to curb cravings and act as appetite suppressants.

If you live where it’s hot and humid most of the time, your water intake will be higher because you will lose more water in sweat. Similarly, if you indulge in moderate-to-high intensity workouts, your water intake will be more than people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

In 1945, the National Academy of Sciences advised 1 milliliter of water for every calorie you eat. For example, if you eat a 2,000 calorie diet, you should drink 2 liters of water per day. When you average the intake touted by most health authorities, it comes to roughly ~2 liters per day.

This is roughly eight glasses (8 ounces) of water. In-fact 8×8 is a popular water unofficial recommendation that most people abide by and has been quite popular for decades.

About the authors:

Madur & Anitha Jagannath are certified Nutrition Consultants, in addition to their professions in technology and human resources. When Madur started feeling lethargic and slowing down, he started exercising regularly, became conscious of healthy eating habits and nutrition. He is an avid runner and does half-marathons often. At Voyage to Wellness, they attribute our reputation to the lasting customer relationships they have developed throughout the years. They believe in health & wellness and being fit, at all stages of people's lives.

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