In summer, this question has probably crossed your mind, especially during a heat wave.
Drinking is important to ensure the vital functions of the body?
Drinking helps transport nutrients to cells and eliminates bacteria from the body. A human being does not survive more than a few days if he does not drink. We also know that drinking helps prevent many diseases and ailments: cystitis, constipation, fatigue, sunburn, sinusitis, gout.
How much should you drink normally?
In normal times, that is to say without a heat wave or significant heat, it is advisable for men to drink 2.1 lt every day and women 1.5 lt. These are in any case the advice of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Efsa makes a difference between men and women. Indeed, men should drink/eat a total of 2.6 lt per day, including food water and women a total of 2 lt. EFSA estimates that we absorb around 500 ml of water with food.
Different individual water needs
A great difficulty for specialists to issue a fixed daily recommendation is that the needs of each individual can vary greatly, not to mention differences in temperature and air humidity. For example, a person practicing a sport in full sun at noon in the summer will probably need to drink liters of water, and not limit themselves to 8 glasses of water per day. A good method is to always drink when you are thirsty. Pregnant and breastfeeding women will also likely need to drink more than the average woman. Your doctor or nutritionist can give you personalized advice.
How do you know if you are drinking enough?
A handy tip to know if you are drinking enough is to look at the color of your urine, if it is clear, you are drinking enough. If, on the contrary, it is dark (yellow), you should drink more during the day. There are also “smart” scales that measure the body’s hydration level for a more accurate result.
In summer, it is advisable to eat seasonal fruits containing a lot of water such as watermelon, an effective way to fight against dehydration.
Finally, it is important to favor water over sodas and other sugary drinks, especially in the event of a heat wave.
Drink something other than water
Cold mint tea: Tea, or rather herbal tea, cold mint is an easy drink for you and your family to prepare. Place 4 sachets of mint tea, or several fresh mint leaves, in a teapot. Boil 1.5 lt of water and pour the boiling water into the teapot, possibly adding sugar. Put the teapot in the refrigerator, possibly put a bottle. Drink several glasses a day. Another recipe for cold herbal tea: cold lemon verbena tea