Daily Health Tips: How Much Water Should I drink In A Day?


Q: Good morning Dr. May you kindly illuminate on recommended quantity of water one is required to take each day  My concern is that after taking a glass of water, 5 mins later, I am going to bathroom. Is there something wrong with me?

A: Thanks for writing in. Water is important for life and we use it for very important functions daily: taking a bath, washing clothes, washing dishes, cooking and of course, drinking. The water we drink is very critical for a lot of bodily functions like digestion, excretion (when we urinate, pass faeces and sweat), movement of nutrients all around the body, keeping your joints nice and supple etc. If you also consider the fact that a healthy body contains about two-thirds, water, then it is clear that we can’t joke with our water intake per day.

So how much should we take every day? Though, there are recommended amounts to take daily, it really depends on your activity level (notice how much more water you appear to need after a hectic workout?), where you live (notice how much water you also seem to drink when you live or visit the tropics as opposed to when you live in or visit a temperate region) and your health condition (for instance, people with UTI need to drink some more water).

Generally, we are encouraged to drink 8 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day. This is approximately 2 litres of water per day. Honestly, though it breaks my heart to admit it 😉 any fluid counts e.g. fruit juices, beverages etc. But try to remember that these other fluid sources, other than water, may contain calories that you probably don’t need 😀

An easy way to check whether your body is getting enough water in a day is to check your urine colour. If it’s dark yellow, you’re probably not getting enough. If it’s pale yellow in colour, you’re doing good 😀

If you don’t like the taste of plain water, you can jazz it up with a slice of lemon or lime 😉

When you first start trying to drink more water, you may observe an increase in your bathroom visits. This should stop after a short while. If it doesn’t, please see your doctor. It may be an over-active bladder, a Urinary Tract Infection etc. Please click the link below to read my post on over-active bladder

https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/02/20/daily-health-tips-train-that-leaking-bladder/

Remember that you can now get your daily health tips from Dr Ketch on the go by sending WELLNESS to 33118. This service is only available on the MTN network in Nigeria for now and costs N50 for 2 weeks.

Have a fab weekend 😀

Here’s to a healthier you!

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4 Responses to Daily Health Tips: How Much Water Should I drink In A Day?

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  4. Faithjudith Ogar says:

    Pls i wish to know my monthly circle is changing,i dont know what to do pls help me.

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