Inadequate consumption of water (< 2 liters)
Water is the single most vital necessity of our body. We can survive few days without food but have you ever tried staying back without water? No, you can’t because it is impossible as water is critical for almost all the metabolic functions taking place in your body.
- The average amount of water necessary for an individual to function in the optimal level, depends on his gender, age, body mass, where he lives, the climatic conditions, activities he engages in, exercises and water loss through different means such as sweat, urine and faeces.
- Approximately 20% of water required by the body can be fulfilled by solid food alone and the process of digestion produces about 10% of it where the rest should be taken in through liquids.
Daily requirement of water in Liters:
- Infants 0–6 months – 0.7 (from Breast milk or formula)
- 7–12 months – 0.9 (from Breast milk, formula and other foods and drinks)
- Children 1–3 years – 1.0 (about 4 cups), 4–8 years – 1.2 (about 5 cups)
- Girls 9–13 years – 1.4 (about 5-6 cups)
- 14–18 years – 1.6 (about 6 cups)
- Boys 9–13 years – 1.6 (about 6 cups)
- 14–18 years – 1.9 (about 7-8 cups)