You’ve probably heard of the BMI (Body Mass Index), but do you know that there’s also a calculator for your Daily Water Requirement? Perhaps you’ve started wondering at this point: Why do we need to calculate our water intake? It’s not like we can get fat drinking water, right?
The truth is, not drinking enough and over-drinking water (overhydration) can both have negative impacts upon your health. While most people are more concerned with dehydration, it is important to note that drinking too much water can also be potentially deadly – when the balance between water and sodium in the bloodstream is thrown off balance.
According to an article written for the Business Insider, man can go without food for more than three weeks, but (typically) no more than three to four days without water. Do the math and you’ll start to see the big picture: Water is vital for survival.
The Daily Water Requirement calculator is an online app that provides an estimation of the number of glasses of water required of each person based on their body mass, level of activity, as well as the climate they’re in. I found the one on Explore Medindia to be pretty useful, and decided to share it with all of you. Try it!
You can find it at the following link: http://www.medindia.net/patients/calculators/daily-water-requirement.asp.
And that’s it for now. Drink up to good health!
Note: Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
By Vivian Tan
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