If we stopped drinking water, we would have a hard time in performing day to day tasks. For those people that do not know, our body is made up of over 50 percent water, so if we fail to drink water for a number of days, the chances are pretty high that we will end up in a grave.
Our body uses water in all its cells, tissues, organs, and to help regulate its temperature so it could maintain a good temperature.
Because our body loses a lot of water when we breathe, sweat, and indigestion, it is important to drink water and foods that contain water.
How Much Water Is Enough?
|Age Range||Gender||Total Water (Cups/Day)|
|4 to 8 years||Girls and Boys||7|
|9 to 13 years||Girls||9|
|14 to 18 years||Girls||10|
Because water plays a huge role in keeping us alive, you want to make sure your kid is getting the right amount of water.
In order to know the right amount of water your kid should drink per day, you want to consider their daily activity level, weather, body size, overall health, and age. These 5 things will help you know how much your kid needs.
Most of the time, a doctor would recommend 6 to 10 glasses per day, however you want to make sure that you’re telling everything to your doctor.
For an instance, if your child is hyperactive in certain days, you want to increase the water intake, in days that they are not feeling right and are just home, you want to go with the average water intake.
In case the weather is hot, which keeps our body hot and dehydrated, you want to increase the water intake of your child.
What Happens When You Don’t Drink Enough Water?
When you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. This happens because our thirst mechanism lags behind our actual level of hydration.
As you stop drinking water, your body starts to lose water, this causes your blood to become more concentrated and at one point, this will trigger your kidneys to retain water.
The result of this is that you do not urinate a lot.
The thicker and more concentrated your blood gets, the harder it will be for your heart to compensate. As a result, your blood pressure rises and so does your heart rate.
As your heart rate rises, the risk of exhaustion or collapse increases.
Not only that, when you do not drink enough water, but your brain also has a hard time working properly. Your cognitive capabilities will slow down.