Drinking Water Basics

The average person consumes over 15,000 gallons of water if they live to the age of 65.

Because our bodies eliminate a good percentage of our daily water intake, we require at least six to seven pints of water each day.

If you are thirsty, remember the body prefers and can more easily absorb cool water. Cold water quenches your thirst faster because it causes the stomach to constrict and forces the water into the small intestine where it is absorbed faster.

If you suffer from cardiovascular disease, it would be best not to drink ice cold water because the cold may cause an unnecessary shock to the system.

You should drink a cup of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume. It takes eight ounces of water to metabolize each alcoholic beverage. Some of the common symptoms of a hangover (dry mouth, headache and upset stomach) are the result of dehydration; so after drinking is done for the evening, drink a few glasses of water before going to bed and as much water as you can if you have a hangover the next day.

You should also drink a cup of water with every non-diet soft drink you consume. The sugar in the soft drink must be broken down in the small intestine and water is required for this process. This may cause you to be thirstier than you were before you consumed the soft drink.

Beverages that contain caffeine (coffee, some teas and some sodas) act as diuretics, increasing urine production and promoting loss of fluids.

Experts say that hunger pangs are often just “water pangs”. Try drinking water before your meals and see if it helps you cut down on the amount of food you eat.

Diuretics, antihistamines, blood pressure medication and steroids can cause the body to be depleted of water, so if you are taking these drugs you should drink more water than usual.

The sense of thirst dims with age - so make sure older people are drinking plenty of water.

If your eyes, nose, or throat feel dry - drink some water! Your body is trying to tell you that you need MORE WATER.

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