Bahamians – Drink More Water!

Health and Fitness

“Drink plenty of water.”

This is probably something you’ve heard your whole life. Doctors, health blogs, and podcasts seem to suggest that water is the end all be all to cure disease, obesity, acne and more. Why do we need water and how much of it should we be drinking each day? Keep reading to answer those questions and learn more about why water is so important to us as human beings.

Water beings.

We live on an aqueous planet. Over 71% of the Earth’s surface is water-covered. High and low tides are caused by the moon’s gravitational pull. Studies show much like the tides are affected by the moon, so are we human beings. Mental health, menstrual cycles, even crime and suicide rates have all been shown to be affected by the moon.  

Why do we need water?

Humans are 60% water, we require proper hydration to perform numerous bodily functions. Water flushes waste from our bodies, regulates body temperature, helps with brain function, and aids in weight management.

Although we do get a small amount of water from food and beverages like teas and juices, we still need to make sure we are drinking an ample amount of water each day.

Water is medicine.

Getting enough water is imperative for healthy body function. Without proper hydration, constipation, urinary tract infections, and kidney stones can occur. Water is also important for healthy skin. For clearer skin, dermatologists suggest drinking plenty of water.

You know you’re drinking enough water by looking at your pee. If your urine is pale and clear in color you are most likely adequately hydrated. 

Hydrating foods.

Eating your water is a great way to make sure you’re staying hydrated. Eat melon, berries, orange & grapefruit, cucumber, zucchini, celery, tomato, bell pepper, cauliflower, and cabbage.

Remember that cooking food causes it to lose its natural water content. To get the most water out of the above-mentioned foods, be sure to eat them raw. 

How much water do we need?

The amount of water someone needs varies from person to person. There are factors like weight, age, physical activity level, geographical location, employment, diet if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and overall health.

If you drink caffeine or alcohol you may need more water. For every 12-ounce beer or 4-6 ounces of liquor, you should drink at least one 16-ounce glass of water. This is true to one cup of coffee as well.

Staying hydrated.

Keep a reusable water bottle with you. You’re more likely to drink more water this way. Use a large container so you have to fill it less frequently and when you’re thirsty, drink! 

Men: 15.5 cups, 3.7 liters, 125 ounces

Women: 11.5 cups, 2.7 liters, 91 ounces

Remember, you may have to increase your water intake if you’re exercising or living in a hotter region like the Bahamas. Try adding mint, citrus slices, or cucumber to cold water for a refreshing Summer drink!