It has been and is currently preached that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day, supposedly. That amount of water may be enough but in certain scenarios, it may not be. Your body likes to remain in homeostasis and when it doesn’t, it won’t function as efficiently as it can. The regulation of water balance is essential for the maintenance of health and life. Below are some occasions where you may find yourself needing more than the recommended 8 glasses of water following:
In Hot Climates
In hot climates, your body will naturally want to cool itself off by producing sweat which is fluid leaving your body that needs to be replaced by drinking fluids.
High Amounts of Physical Activity
If you’re exercising frequently and producing sweat every time, it also means that your body is losing water frequently, therefore you’ll need to hydrate more often.
Due to the fever doing its job of heating your internal environment up to fight off sickness and kill bacteria, there’s a chance you may become dehydrated and sweat more, needing to replace your fluids.
Diarrhea or Vomiting
You literally excreting fluids out of your body in varying amounts that you can’t control, leading to dehydration. All your body is concerned about is getting what your body took in, out of it in the most efficient way.
The body has infinite wisdom and provides signs and symptoms to notify us that something is going on. Thirst happens to be one of those signs
At Higher Elevation
At higher elevations, the lack of oxygen will increase your breathing rate and body fluid loss resulting in dehydration from working harder.
Alcohol is a well-known diuretic causing you to urinate more, especially considering your body will see alcohol as a toxin especially in excess, wanting to get it out of your system.
It may be a sign that you don’t have enough fluid in your body to produce saliva, therefore rehydrating yourself with water can help with saliva production.
The brain gets less blood circulation when you’re dehydrated and the firing efficiency of neurons in your brain are affected because they rely on water to relay messages throughout the brain.
If your urine color is amber or honey in color or darker. Check out the Cleveland Clinic’s Urine Chart.
Sometimes, we have to drink more than the recommended amount of water depending on various situations or occasions. Be sure to stay hydrated and drink up.
Be Healthy, Be Balanced, Be You