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In honour of the ice bucket challenge videos circulating Facebook right now, this week on the Htet Tayza Blog I ask how much water are you meant to drink a day?

You Should Drink So Many Glasses of Water Every Day

We’ve all heard the same thing when it comes to water, drinking water is good for you, it keeps you hydrated, you should drink so many a day etc.

But what’s the truth behind the myth. How many glasses of water a day do you need to drink to stay healthy and hydrated. How many is too much, and can drinking too much water be detrimental to your health?

Why Do You Need to Drink Water Every Day?

Let’s start with why should be drinking water every day. Essentially, your body needs water (which is two thirds water) and other fluids to replace your body’s store of water, which it loses when you sweat, in order to avoid dehydration. That is why you need to drink water every day; because your body is losing water all the time.

Dehydration has serious effects for your health. Common effects of dehydration include light-headedness, headaches, tiredness, dry mouth, loss of strength and stamina. Thus, we can determine from the symptoms of dehydration that not only is it bad for your physical health, but for your mental health as well, meaning it’s more important than ever to make sure you drink water every day.

Women should Drink Eight Glasses, Men Ten

So how much should you be drinking. Well, according to the NHS, The European Food Safety Authority recommends that woman drink at least 1.6 litres a day, whilst men drink 2.0 litres. In other words, eight 200 millilitre glasses a day for women, and ten 200 millilitre glasses a day for men.

Anything more than this is overkill. If you drink enough, it can lead to a condition known as water intoxication, which can have adverse effects on your health. However, if you simply go over the limit by a glass or two, it shouldn’t do any harm.

Tailor Your Water Drinking Habits to Your Lifestyle

So therefore, when it comes to how much water you should be drinking a day, Htet Taya readers, there is a benchmark. Eight glasses for women, ten for men. However, this is only a benchmark, and if you want to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind, you should tailor your water drinking habits to your lifestyle. If you’ve just run a marathon, you’re going to need more water than would after a day at the office.


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About Htet Tay Za

My name is Htet Tay Za and I’m a young banking professional from Myanmar. I was born in Yangon, Myanmar twenty-four years ago. I have a keen interest in business, cuisine, lifestyle and philanthropy.


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