We all know that drinking regularly during the day is very important for the body and health in general, we do not survive more than a few days without water. It is estimated that the human body of an adult contains between 60 and 70% water.
According to experts, men should drink 2.1 liters every day, and women 1.5 liters, not including water from food. With food water, a recommendation often put forward by scientists is 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters for women. Unfortunately, this ideal quantity is rarely achieved. However, we know that for certain diseases, drinking has a very important therapeutic and above all preventive effect.
A practical advice to know if you are drinking enough is to look at the color of your urine, if it is clear it means that you are probably drinking enough, if on the contrary it is (yellow) dark it is that you should drink more during the daytime. There are also “smart” scales that measure the level of hydration for a more accurate result.
It is important to drink regularly during the day without waiting to feel thirsty. We also know that with age the feeling of thirst decreases, but we continue to always need to hydrate. Dehydration can also lead to mood disorders or drowsiness.
14 health problems for which drinking enough is essential, as indicated by several scientific studies but also by clinical experience:
Cystitis. In case of cystitis or urinary tract infection, drinking helps to cleanse and eliminate bacteria from the urinary tract. Drinking a lot and in small doses during the day is very important to complement conventional therapy, often based on antibiotics.
Constipation. Regular fluid intake during the day helps to soften the stools. Another important tip for constipation is to eat plenty of dietary fiber.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Drinking, especially water, improves the symptoms of this syndrome, especially constipation. Peppermint has a proven effect in treating IBS, it is advisable to consume this plant for example in the form of herbal tea.
Hemorrhoids. In this case too, drinking helps to limit constipation, a common cause of hemorrhoids.
Tired. Dehydration is a cause of fatigue. Drinks rich in caffeine like tea, coffee or cola give energy but can also dehydrate. It is advisable to drink the recommended amount per day, it can be water, broths or fruit juices. Water hydrates the cells of the body, which can thus function better, but also helps to better eliminate toxins.
Drop. Since dehydration is a cause of gout, it is advisable to drink 2 to 3 liters of water or juice every day, especially during a gout attack. Do not hesitate to drink 500 ml of water in the morning directly after waking up.
Fever. Drinking a lot, about 2 liters a day, is essential to compensate for the dehydration caused by the fever. Water and herbal teas (eg linden) are strongly recommended.
Sinusitis. Drinking a lot helps to dilute nasal secretions. In local form, physiological water also significantly improves symptoms.
Flu and cold. In case of flu and cold, 2 viral diseases, drinking a lot helps to dilute the viruses and promote their elimination. As fever is often associated with these 2 infectious diseases, this helps to fight against dehydration.
Sore throat. It is really important to drink a lot in case of a sore throat, about 3 liters a day (double the recommended daily intake). Drinking helps cleanse the throat and fight against dry throat. It is also recommended to make gargles, for example based on sage.
Cough. It is advisable to drink plenty of hot drinks such as herbal teas. A perfect infusion in case of cough is herbal tea of thyme with a little honey. Honey has a proven effect in curing coughs.
Sunburn. Heat, often associated with sunburn naturally promotes dehydration, it is essential to drink plenty to prevent and treat sunburn. Prefer water and avoid sodas.
Urinary stones. Inadequate fluid intake, especially water, increases the risk of crystal formation which is the cause of very painful urinary stones. Water helps to dilute the urine and thus reduces the formation of crystals.
In summer, there is an increase in the number of cases of urinary stones, due to the heat but also to the drought which can cause dehydration.
Overweight and obesity. A study published in July 2016 showed that people who were not sufficiently hydrated, in other words who did not drink enough, had a higher BMI on average than those who drank enough. This study focused on the analysis of almost 10,000 adults.
Scientists believe, however, that there is not necessarily a causal link, in other words obese or overweight people could naturally become more dehydrated. What is certain is that drinking a lot regularly but also consuming water-rich foods such as fruits are excellent habits for good health, leading to loss or maintenance of body weight.
Top tips for staying well hydrated during the day:
– Start the day with a glass of water at breakfast
– Always carry a bottle of water of 500 ml or more with you during the day, take it with you everywhere (work, leisure)
– Drink a glass of water just before sleeping
– Follow a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which are naturally rich in water