THE BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER
A collection of information regarding the Benefits of Drinking Water, the information in this Info Graphic has been wholly sourced online and compiled by people with no medical experience whatsoever
Proportion of Water in the Human Body
As a rough indicator the body is made up of 2/3 water
Average Man 57% to 60%
Newborn Infant UPTO 79%
FACT: The amount of water in the body decreases from birth to old age
* The proportion of water in the body, shown as a percentage of body weight
The Benefits of Drinking Water
Provides A Median, For Important Chemical Reactions
Helps The Body Lubricate The Joints
Helps The Body Regulate Temperature
Helps With Body Maintenance
It is claimed that water also helps to:
Improve concentration levels
Improve joint and muscle heath
Aid physical performance
Improve emotional outlook
Drinking Water Myths
You Can't Drink Too Much Water
It is possible to drink too much, over consumption of water can lead to a potentially fatal condition called Hypernatremia also known as Water Intoxication
Drinking Water Helps Lose Weight
Water will not cause you to lose weight however the NHS states that it "...might help you snack less..." and that "...Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger; if you're thirsty you may snack more."
Drink Eight Glasses Per Day
Common advice is to "drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day" which is about 1.9 litres.We are calling this a Myth as (although it approximates other guidance) no one seems to know quite where the advice originated from
You Can Only Hydrate With Water
Not true; water is great as it contains no calories or sugars, however milk and fruit juice are also good, provided you understand the amount of sugar you're consuming. In addition a large proportion of your fluid intake can come from
the food you eat.
General Fluid Intake Guidance
What you need to drink depends on many factors including, what you've eaten, your health, age, the climate and any physical activity. The factors involved are too numerous to leave us with definitive guidance on the amount an
individual should drink, but the general guidance that we found online is as follows:
The Institute of Medicine (US)
Men 3 liters
Small glass(236ml) 12.7
½ pint glass (284ml) 10.6
Runners bottle(300ml) 10
Pint glass (568ml) 5.3
Bike bottle(750ml) 4.0
Women 2.2 liters
Small glass (236ml) 9.3
Cup (250ml) 8.8
½ pint glass (284ml) 7.7
Runners bottle (300ml) 7.3
Pint glass (568ml) 3.9
Bike bottle (750ml) 2.9
According to the Mayo Clinic the Institute of Medicine determined that "...an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The Al for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UK
Small glass (236ml) 5.1
Cup (250ml) 4.8
½ pint glass (284ml) 4.2
Runners bottle (300ml) 4.0
Pint glass (568ml ) 2.1
Bike bottle (750ml) 1.6
The Department of Health suggest that you drink 6-8 glasses (about 1.2 litres) of fluid a day if you live in the UK that's 6 200ml OR 8 150ml glasses, cups or mugs.
Other factors that affect how much water you need may include:
A large proportion of your fluid intake can come from food, for example Melons have a high water content which may count towards the amount that a person needs to drink in a day.
Age and Weight
Children, the elderly or the obese may need to maintain different levels of hydration and should seek hydration advice from your own GP or appropriate health care professional.
Pregnancy or Breast Feeding
If you are expecting or breast-feeding you will need additional fluids to stay hydrated and should seek hydration advice from your own GP or appropriate health care professional.
Medication, Medical Conditions and Health issues
Some people on medication or with medical conditions should either increase or decrease the amount of water that they drink. If you are taking medication, have any sort of medical condition, or health Issue you should seek hydration
advice from your own GP or appropriate health care professional.
Exercise and Activity
If engaged in exercise or other activity you may need to consume extra fluid to compensate for the fluid loss.
Hot or humid conditions and altitude, all may have an effect on the amount of water you require.
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