The Truth About Hydration
- By Ishrath Shaik
Have you ever heard that you should drink 8 glasses of water everyday? I surely have. Is this even true? Where did the 8 glasses even come from? As someone who drinks water all the time, and also has to use the bathroom all the time, I finally had the thought - Am I drinking too much water? Here is what I’ve found out, so you don’t have to.
About 60% of the body is made up of water. This is why it’s essential to prevent dehydration, as even a 5% drop in water can cause dizziness, fainting, and mental confusion. 10% of water loss can cause physical and mental deterioration, and a loss of 15-25% leads to death. Scary, right? I was too. Should you be drinking 8 glasses of water everyday? The idea that you should drink 8 glasses of water came from a notice from the Food and Nutrition board of the United States, which stated “A suitable allowance of water for adults is 2.5 liters (approximately 8 glasses) daily in most instances.” What everyone forgot about was the next line, “Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods.” This removes the idea that we should be drinking 8 glasses.
About the Author
Ishrath is a medical student. She believes in life long learning and constantly strives to try to make small changes in this big, big world. Her life mantra is "compassion at all times, especially in times of trouble, with yourself and the the people around, ultimately leads to be being content".