So, exactly how much water should you drink to stay hydrated ?
We have all heard the number of “eight cups a day,” but it turns out the answer from our health experts is a little more complicated than that.
How much water should you drink ?
Seniors must take extra care than younger people to get enough fluids. With age, thirst—the body’s built-in dehydration alarm system becomes less noticeable and reliable. Older people also tend to have modest appetites, which means they receive less fluid from food. Meanwhile, due to declining kidney function, their bodies often aren’t as good at conserving the water they get.
The amount of fluid we need to feel our best varies according to factors such as physical activity levels, physiology and climate. As a rough guideline, the Dietician of India suggest 2.2 litres (9 cups) per day for women and for men three litres (12 cups) .
These totals include food moisture, which accounts for about one-fifth of the average person’s liquid intake—and more for people who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. Keep in mind that you will need extra fluids if you’re exercising, if the weather is hot or if you are somewhere with indoor heating, which can drain moisture from your skin.
Drink more than just water to stay hydrated
If you don’t like to drink more at once, try increasing the frequency of your drinks. Vary your sources of fluid if that makes it easier to stay hydrated besides water, consider beverages such as juice, milk and soup. Even coffee and tea can work, despite the caffeine’s mild diuretic effect—they provide more water than they drain.