Health experts have often said that an average person should drink 8-ounce glasses of water daily. However, some health professionals recommend half an ounce (14.8-mL) of water per 1 pound (0.45kg) of body weight. Therefore, if you weigh 100 pounds which is equivalent to 45 kg then you are advised to drink 50 ounces of water daily.
There are other factors that affect the amount of water you should take daily. This includes:
- Personal physical activities
- The climate on where you live
- Your personal diet
- Other health or medical conditions
If you are active in physical activities like sports or the weather is warm where the place you live, then you should add more glasses of water to your daily drinking quota. Since it has been proven that as you sweat, your body loses fluids. Drinking sufficient amount of water will help replenish fluids on your body.
Sources of Fluids
It is believed that drinking other beverages will lessen the amount of water that a person should drink every day or if he or she consumes foods rich in water like soups and watery fruits. But there is still a great argument and debate between professionals about this theory. After all, water is still considered as the best source of fluids.
Medical or Health Condition
Those people who are ill and are experiencing vomiting and dehydration or even those women who are breastfeeding are advised to drink more water daily. There are also other medical conditions that are recommended to drink more water regularly since water also helps flushing out unwanted substances or toxins in the body.
Even if you feel bloated (also considered as water retention) and that makes you very hesitant to drink more water, you are still advised to drink more water because it is proven that water helps you shed excess fluids that are stored in your tissues.
Too much water in your body (water intoxication) causes different symptoms like nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Although water intoxication is very rare, it can also be fatal.