When was the last time you had a glass of water today? Somewhere near lunch, when you were feeling hot and thirsty. And then you can't recall....right?
Most of us forget this essential 'health food' on a daily basis.
What happens if you don’t drink enough water?
a) Dehydration :This can be a fatal condition especially in the hot weather.
b) Kidney stones: Lack of ample water/fluids might make you prone to kidney stones, and could increase the chances of recurrance if you already have a history.
c) Dryness and itching near urethera.
d) Urine changes color: It becomes dark and foul smelling because of the high concentration of wastes in it.
When to drink?
a) Whenever you feel thirsty.
b) Even if you are sitting in an A.C. keep a glass full nearby and sip it regularly.
c) Before going out in the summer sun.
d) Between your alcoholic drinks to prevent dehydration.
How much is enough?
It depends upon the amount utilized in the body, the climate and special needs(e.g. athletes). On an average, about 2.2 litres for women and 3.7 litres for men has been considered appropriate. There is no scientific evidence for drinking 8 glasses of 8 oz. everyday, but its easy to remember as eight 8 rule.
Is plain water enough?
Drinking plain water is good. But to replace essential minerals lost by the body, include a variety of fluids like soups, lemonade, thin dals (lentil soup), sherbats, juicy fruits (watermelons, muskmelons, cantaloupes, oranges etc), diluted buttermilk, diluted juices etc. everyday.
Can fluids dehydrate too?
Yes. Tea, coffee, colas and alcohol are some beverages which should be used in moderation, as they actually dehydrate the body.