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Water is one of the essential elements for life support on Earth. Water sustains and support life. Too much or little water consumption is dangerous to the human body as a full growing adult is made of 65 percent of water. Water aids to flush toxins out of the body, helps in digestion of food and it protects vital body tissues including the spinal cord and the brain.

 

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You would think that consuming a lot of water, as much as you like, would be really good for you. But in fact, you can actually overdose on water. If too much water is consumed too quickly, it messes with the amount of sodium/salt in the body and can be lethal. A woman once won a water drinking contest- and died thirty minutes later.

“So how much water should I drink?”

Well, the truth is, there is no hard or fast rule to the amount of water to be consumed daily. It’s mostly advised by the Institute of Medicine that the average intake (AI) of water by a full adult male is roughly about 13 cups (3 litres) daily and roughly about 9 cups (2.2 litres) daily for a female adult.

“This sounds ridiculous and not doable.”

It’s really not that hard. Have you heard of the “8 by 8”rule? Where you have to take in 8 cups of 8 ounces of water in a day? What you should note is to actually consciously consume 8 cups of fluid (be it beverages, juices, sodas; as water is the major component) daily.

Finally, all you have to worry about is keeping your water metabolism balanced as you lose more water doing your daily hustle. So raise your glass of water and cheers to a good life!

 

Written by Efe Ohworakpo

Cover Image: science.howstuffworks.com

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