In last few articles we read about what is Fitness Quotient and Sleep, now we will understand the next important factor – “Water Quotient”
Atul said, “You mention that drinking water is important but I don’t feel thirsty at all. So I drink around a litre of water in the whole day.” Atul is working as Business Head in an MNC and gave Fitness Quotient test but the results showed poor performance in Water Quotient.
Most of us make the same mistake.
We sleep in airconditions, our car has air conditions, our workplaces have airconditions. This environment simply doesn’t create the urge for the water drinking. Most of the times, we mistake the thirst for hunger and end up having unnecessary calories. The key to this is awareness.
Water intake Quotient:
Are you feeling thirsty right now? Do you feel thirsty at any point in a day?
Did you drink water in last 2hours?
Do you count how much water you drink daily?
If the answers of the above questions are mostly negative then there are good chances that you are dehydrated right now, and you don’t even know that.
Fatigue, joint pains, hand and legs pain, headache, throat pain, hunger, dizziness are some the effects of being dehydrated. Kidney stone and other kidney issues are extreme effects of drinking low amount of water.
We are conditioned from childhood to drink water only when we feel thirsty that we missed the very important aspect of being healthy and fit. Drinking low amount of water is a route cause of many issues in the body.
Most of the time in a day when we feel hungry, we are actually thirsty and our brain deceives us into feeling of hunger.
The other visible impacts of drinking low water are on the conditions of Hair, Skin and Eyes. If you notice even slight dullness in these parts then increase water consumption immediately. When you start drinking adequate water you start seeing immediate effect on skin and hair texture and in your overall energy levels your body ache will be gone.
Water is life. It forms around 67% of our body. It is very important for the internal wellness of our body as it safeguards our internal organs. Most of the time when the Water Intake Quotient goes down it opens Pandora’s Box for many illness for a person.
Simple technique to follow is decide the quantity of water that you should drink and divide in different parts of the day. There are several Apps to help you give reminders to drink water.
How to decide exact quantity?
Ideally one should drink 4 to 6 litres of water. If you are doing regular exercise then you should drink 6 to 8 litres of water. There is a simple method to decide this but keep in mind that you get some quantity of water through your food, fruits, juices intake as well.
The method to decide water intake:
Your Weight in Kg: 80kg
Divide this by 2/3 (67%) = 53.33
Divide this by 8 = 6.67
Which means you should drink around 6 to 7 litres of water. If you do exercise are active for 30minutes per day then add 0.30 Litres for every 30 minutes to it and so on.
This is a simple method to understand your water requirements.
FittQ is always there to guide you in your quest to healthy life.