Hany from PrimaryVitality.com, a site educating readers about the role of clean water in their lives, and how to attain it. shared with Healthy Lombard that water plays an essential role in physiological, mental, and emotional health. However, both insufficient or excess water intake can be detrimental to our health. How much water to drink a day is a simple question lacking an easy answer. It seems like a law of nature that too much or too little of anything is not good. Let’s examine how to find the balance.
Calculators and recommendations
Daily water intake calculators can provide a generalized guide that is easy to remember such as the 8×8 guide (8 glasses of 8 ounces per day) recommended by many health authorities.
The Institute of Medicine recommends a total daily water intake of 91 ounces (2.7 liters) for women and 125 ounces (3.7 liters) for men from all beverages and foods.
Many recommendations serve well as a guideline, but they only use a few variables such as body weight, activity level, and caloric intake. There are many other important factors to consider when evaluating your own optimal daily water intake. Let’s take a look at them.
Factors influencing your daily water needs
As we age, our sense of thirst also decreases which needs to be considered to avoid dehydration. On the other hand, changes in kidney function occur with age resulting in a decreased ability to conserve sodium. In which case, there is a risk of overhydration.
As we grow older, and especially after the age of 60, it would be ideal to ensure sufficient water intake by establishing a schedule for drinking fluids to reduce any risk of health issues.