Every day our body loses on average 2.5 liters* of water though urine, breathing, sweat and feces. Therefore, it’s important to compensate for this water loss in order to maintain our bodies water balance** and proper functioning.
Since the food we eat provides the body with about 0.7L of water, and during metabolic processes the body produces another 0.3L of water, adults* should drink 1.5L of water a day to ensure you are maintaining their water balance.
During periods of physical activity or heat, you should replenish your body by increasing your water intake. Good hydration goes hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle!
Inadequate hydration may lead to one or more of the following signs:
- Thirst sensation
- Decrease in the amount of urine or darker urine color
- Tiredness, dizziness & headache
- Dry mouth
- Impairment of cognitive function
*For a healthy sedentary adult living in a temperate climates.
**Jéquier E and Constant F. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2010): Water as an essential nutrient: the physiological basis of hydration