HOW MUCH WATER IS RIGHT FOR ME ?
There are different opinions on how much water we should be drinking every day and how frequently. Who is correct? We will try to answer this question from a Urologist's perspective. The body is estimated to have 60% water. We’re constantly losing water from our bodies, primarily via urine and sweat. Health Gurus often advise to have 10 - 12 glasses of water daily.
Can More Water Increase Energy Levels and Improve Brain Function?
Even a 1% drop in water in body can cause alterations in brain function and physical performance. For a 70 Kg man this will be around 360 ml, a figure he / she will easily lose in sweat after a moderate morning exercise, so it is a good idea to have good hydration while exercising.
Does Drinking a Lot of Water Help You Lose Weight?
There are many claims about water intake having an effect on body weight such as more water increases metabolism and reduces appetite. Researchers estimate that drinking 2 liters in a day can increase energy expenditure by about 96 calories per day. Drinking cold water is the best to burn calories as you will have to expend energy to heat and bring this water to body temperature. Drinking water half an hour before meals can also reduce the amount of calories people end up consuming, especially for older people. Drinking 16 - 18 glasses of water will not detoxify the body or help in losing weight.
Important: Drinking water can cause mild, temporary increase in metabolism and drinking it about a half hour before meals can make people automatically eat fewer calories.
Does More Water Help Prevent Health Problems?
Some health problems that may respond well to increased water intake: •
- Constipation: Increasing water intake can help with constipation, which is a very common problem.
- Kidney stones: Regular water intake throughout the day appears to be the single most important factor to decrease the risk of kidney stones.
- Cancer: Doubtful benefit for Bladder Cancer / Colon Cancer.
- Acne and skin hydration: There are a lot of anecdotal reports on the internet about water helping to hydrate the skin and reducing acne, but no studies to confirm or refute this can be found. Stop listening to your beautician who says lot of water is good for your skin.
Important: Drinking more water may help with only some health problems, such as constipation and kidney stones.
- Drink evenly throughout the day, drinking 2000ml of water in one go is of no use.
- When thirsty, drink.
- When not thirsty anymore, stop.
- Along with food, you do not need to drink water for “better digestion”.
- During high heat and exercise, drink enough to compensate for the lost fluids.
- As you grow old it might be better to avoid drinking too much of water in late evenings, it will only mean more frequent night time bathroom visits.
- Remember - Water and Urine are like hand in glove. They go together. No right and No wrong - As in marriage, so in water.