To drink water: why, when, how?

Why is it recommended to drink water?

 

The body is composed of 60% to 70% of water, according to the morphology. After oxygen, water is the most important element for life. Water is essential to all life processes. We are losing every day some of that water through urine, perspiration, breathing … So we have to offset these losses (about 2.5 liters per day) to maintain the body’s balance.

 

What are the dietary guidelines?

 

For someone who does not exercise, men and women, it is recommended to consume 1.5 to 2 liters of water. People who do not eat a lot of fruits and vegetables (80% water compounds) should consume 2 liters. As for the people who practice intensive physical activity that causes sweating, it is recommended to take an extra liter per hour of exercise.

 

At what time of day should you drink?

 

Do not rely on thirst to signal you when to drink. When we are active, we lose a lot of water before we feel thirsty. We must therefore make a habit of drinking throughout the day. If you have trouble drinking natural water, think of herbal teas and infusions with scents vary. You can also add some mint leaves, lemon juice etc.!

 

Water is vital, it is the only essential drink for the proper functioning of the body. This is the drink that best quenches thirst without adding calories.

 

“Is it better not to drink during meals? ” There is nothing against it in the scientific literature. The only constraint is that it can cause discomfort because of the volume in the stomach. The important thing is to drink enough. If you like to drink moderately while eating, just go ahead.