We all know how important water is to us but why is it so important to drink water? Why do our bodies need water? Water does not provide energy, but it is so important to our body because our body can use other essential nutrients only because of their reaction with water.
Water constitutes most of the body weight and has many functions in human metabolism. One of the most important is regulation of body temperature. Water is of particular importance to the sporty individuals!
Meaning, when the body loses fluids by any route, it loses not only water but electrolytes as well (sodium, chloride, and potassium - these are involved in many physiological functions, example muscle contraction).
So remember that proper fluid replacement is essential for both health and sport.
Water intake is very individual. For example, Teija is very active, but on the other hand a small and light person, so she drinks around 1,5-3 l water per day depending how much sport she does. During summer time she also drinks more water when the temperature is getting higher.
Your exact water intake depends on your weight and activity level and also the temperature. Every day minimum should be around 1,5-2L, and for males, even more - the big machine needs more liquid. Also, check that you drink pure water. Coffee, Cola, beer, and energy drinks are liquids but not water!
As a tip, always have a water bottle in your bag, also in your purse (0,2l) and always check that our water is fresh and prefer glass bottles or bottles which are free from BPA.