It was stated you should drink eight glasses of water a day, but now proven that no scientific backing is found for this amount. Many people drink when they feel thirsty, which is a good idea. However, when your body sends you a signal that you are thirsty, you may already have been needing water for sometime already. If you drink a glass of water whenever you remember to, you should be drinking enough. While you can just drink water by itself, remember that it is in most foods already. There is naturally water in fruits and vegetables and sources of meat.
Water is in every body cell, tissue, and organ. It plays quite an important role in our daily lives, even without us realizing it. It does things like regulating temperature, transporting nutrients through the blood stream, and helping getting rid of waste in the body. It also gives cells their shape and with their shape, the stability that comes with them as well.
Water is even needed in simple tasks such as breathing. Your lungs require moist air in order to function, which causes loss of water. In dry, cold, weather, even more water is lost. With less water in your body, it is more difficult for the body to remove toxins through urination.
It is not how much water you drink that is the problem, rather it is the pace at which you drink. This becomes a problem during events such as college initiations, where people are forced to drink gallons and gallons of water at a fast speed. When you drink too much water, the tissues that stored the water begin swelling. Eventually they reach a point where they can swell no more and burst. It is the same concept of blowing up a balloon too much. If you put too much air in the balloon, it will explode. Even before bursting, the swelling of tissues can put pressure on the brain and nerves, causing seizures and comas.
If you do not get enough water, you can become dehydrated. Symptoms of this are of course the most obvious, dry mouth, but it can also cause headaches and fatigue. Making sure to drink enough water daily can prevent this from happening and lead to a healthier life in general. Not getting enough water can have side effects. Your blood volume can decrease which causes nutrients being carried more slowly. Your organs will not be able to function as well, which causes other effects such as constipation, dry skin, and acne.
Instead of drinking soda or sports drinks, water is the better choice. With no extra added sugar and additives, it refreshes your thirst, with no extra weight gained. Water has been used in weight loss programs. Although it will not have a dramatic effect on your weight, drinking water is still a good thing. When you drink water, you are satisfying thirst which is different from satisfying hunger, however you cannot cause any harm by drinking more water.