How Does Your Body Lose Water?

young woman exhausted after running outside in the heat and listening to musicOur bodies are constantly losing water, in fact a typical adult loses about 2-3 liters a day. We need to be conscious of how our bodies lose water in order to replenish our internal water supply. Not replacing the water lost can lead to dehydration.

We lose water through going to the bathroom. A person typically loses 1.5 liters of water a day through urine. Rapid fluid loss may also come from vomiting and diarrhea.

Another large source of water loss in our bodies is through sweating. Our bodies maintain its temperate by sweating. Studies show that athletes can lose 2 quarts of water per hour while exercising. However, most of us lose less than that on a daily walk or run.

Water is also lost from our body through breathing. When we inhale our body adds moisture to the air as it passes through our air passageways. When we exhale the humidified air is lost to the outside environment. We lose about 300 to 500 milliliters of fluid a day through breathing, depending on the humidity level of the air.

Other ways we lose water is through tears, diets, stress and alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes us urinate more often. Be sure to drink plenty of water when drinking alcohol. Ensure water is always at hand with our office and home water delivery service.