What’s your H2O quota?

Friday, 28 September 2012

What's your H20 quota?The human body consists of more than 60% of it, our blood contains 92% of it and our brain is made up of 75% of it. BeautyHeaven takes a close look at some of the info we’ve all been taught about drinking water.

We’ve all seen the messages about not drinking enough water. Whether it’s your friends and family nagging you, health experts or the media, we all know ‘you need to drink eight glasses of water a day…’ But is there any truth to it? And if so, what does drinking this amount really do?

As well as the health benefits of glugging down the H2O, beauty experts pretty much always cite drinking water as the answer to great skin. Make-up artist Michelle Phan recently told BeautyHeaven that this was her number one beauty tip above all else, so there must be something to it, right?

We decided to take a look at all the information out there to work out just how much you should really be drinking – and what it will do for you.

So where did the eight-glasses-a-day mantra come from?

This advice has been passed on through generations during the last century, but it’s something of an inexact science because the size of glasses can vary considerably. One of the first scientific recommendations regarding water intake wasn’t made until 1945 when the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council (USA) advised 1 millilitre of water for every calorie of food.

How much water do I really need to drink?

Many health and lifestyle factors impact upon the amount of water your body needs. These range from your weight, how active you are and even where you live! As a general rule the average male needs around three litres and the average female needs around 2.2 litres. To develop a more personalised water recommendation, jump online! There are tonnes of calculators that can work out your estimated water intake levels based on your height and weight.

Do hot beverages count?

Yes. A 2004 report from the National Academy of Science (in Australia) found that all beverages and foods contribute to hydration. Tea in particular has a heap of anti-oxidants (especially herbal tea) and as long as you don’t go overboard with the milk and sugar, they could definitely be counted towards your daily water tally.

What does it do for my skin and health?

Although scientific findings vary regarding the link between drinking plenty of water and getting the skin you’ve always wanted, it does plenty for your health, which in turn affects your appearance. Water regulates body temperature and reduces the stress on the liver and kidneys, which helps flush out waste and toxins. And not drinking enough water can dehydrate your body and your skin, which means your complexion can look dry, and less healthy and supple as a result.

Did you know you can survive over a month without food, but only five to seven days without water? Tell us how many glasses of water you drink on a daily basis…

Written by Jordie, this article originally appeared on BeautyHeaven.

Image: Pablo Calvog/Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.

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  1. Sue1N

    I have lost a lot of weight in the past and water played a huge role in my success. I religiously drank 2 – 3 litres of water per day. It kept me feeling full and helped to keep cravings under control. Also helped a lot to keep my Urinary Tract infections under control.

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I find the taste of water a little bland, so I pop a few mint leaves and a slice of lemon and I’m good to go. And of course, green tea with a dash of honey serves me well in the day.

    4 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    oooh how I love water, I drink 2 litres a day, or more.

    4 years ago •

  1. Leana

    I think I am addicted to drinking water. I love it

    5 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    I love drinking water, only my skin breaks out badly….

    5 years ago •

  1. G

    I can’t drink plain water. It makes me nauseous. But I do keep hydrated with tea, coffee, milk and yes, lots of coke… Not healthy but I have to say it hasn’t hurt my complexion at all.

    5 years ago •

  1. Hajira

    I guess I should start drinking water as I dink too much juice. Thanks for the article.

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Water is in fact a vital component of not only our survival but our general wellbeing as well.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I have been exceptionally bad with water intake lately. Any idea how can I fix it?

    5 years ago •

  1. Cindy Ross

    I personally dnt always drink my 8 glasses a day but I certainly will increase my in take.

    5 years ago •

  1. Kimberley

    So true – water is very important! Heard from a dietician one should drink a glass of water per 10kgs of body weight. Eg: if you weigh 60 kilos, then 6 glasses etc. Good guidelines.

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I drink about 1L of water n 3cups of tea per day

    5 years ago •

  1. G

    I don’t know about this. I don’t drink plain water, it makes me nauseous. I get my water intake from tea/coffee/juice. My skin is fine, my triglycerides and cholestrol levels are normal etc. I really think it depends on an individual’s needs.

    5 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    I find it harder in winter to drink 8 glasses of water and opt mostly for rooibos tea (with no sugar and milk). In the summer its not a problem to have my quota of water each day.

    5 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I must say I am very good when it comes to drinking water. I have a 700ml bottle I got from work and I drink 2x bottles of water each day.. well except weekends… :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    2.2 litres?? I’m really struggling with drinking water but I do try to drink at least 1 litre in the morning.

    5 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    i dont do my 8 religiousl or glasses daily, however my body tells me when it needs more water, so i guess also listen to your body and dont ignore the signs. i also know that in summer i drink more than 8 litres in general due to the fact that i want to cool myself more often and usually water quenches my thirst nothing else.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I drink more in summer than in winter, winter is just too cold :). At least 6 glasses a day in summer

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I try my best to stick to my eight tall glasses a day albeit not very disciplined. I can attess however that if my water intake increases my general wellbeing is so much better as well as my skin. Good tips and thank you

    5 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    I carry bottles around with me and fill them up with good old Jozi tap water. Keeps me hydrated and I get a minimum of 6 glasses a day.

    5 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Very interesting. Thanks for the info.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    This is one of my goals for October!

    5 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I’m terrible at drinking enough water. I don’t drink nearly enough.

    5 years ago •

  1. Anita

    I always keep a water bottle with me and drink a lot during the day! Really helps

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    I try but do not always succeed!

    5 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    When I drink too much water I seriously battle with water retention and have to ease off a bit. I find that about 6 or 7 glasses of water a day (when I am not very active) is enough.

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Formative article, I’m not very good when it comes to drinking water. I dont ever get to 8 glasses a day.

    5 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    I try to drink at least six glasses but not rigid about it. Just listen to ones body and drink ample water.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I almost don’t drink water when it is cold. In summer I try to up it, but still probably not very good in it. Will try my best to control it, since beauty of my skin depends on it .

    5 years ago •

  1. Charles

    I am very bad in winter :( But it’s getting hotter, so now it’s much easier to get my 8 glasses (minimum!) in.

    5 years ago •

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