The Ultimate Guide to How Much Water You Need

There are many different opinions about how much water we should be drinking every day. One of the most popular ones is to drink 8 glasses of water a day which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This advice is actually a myth.

There’s really no standard amount of water that’s recommended for all people at all times.

It can vary from person to person and depends on many factors. An individual’s fluid needs can change due to exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. There’s no doubt about it: Drinking enough water is very important for your overall health.

Our bodies need water for several reasons:

  1. Digesting food
  2. Physical performance
  3. Brain function
  4. Relieving constipation
  5. Weight loss

6 Tips for Being “Water Wise”

Water makes up about 60-70% of your body weight, and every part of your body needs it to function properly. Lack of water alone can cause body systems to slow down and cause you to feel sluggish, tired and irritable. Keep your body healthy by being “water wise.” This means drinking the right amount of water for you.

If you need some extra help consuming enough water, check out these tips for drinking more:

  • Add flavor to your water
  • Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go
  • Avoid sugary drinks
  • Drink water instead of another beverage while out to eat
  • Make water part of your night out
  • Set a timer so you’ll remember to drink

Tracking your water intake

The color of your urine can reveal a lot about the state of your health. Urine can change colors depending on what you are eating, how hydrated you are, and any medications you are taking. Urine color will also allow you to assess your water intake. A light color is always better than a dark color. When your urine turns dark that means you are dehydrated.

An even better way to track your water intake is by measuring urine density using Vivoo which is the high-tech, fashionable wellness app that can help you keep track of your water consumption and more. Understand the voice of your body using the Vivoo app!  It will tell you how much water you should drink for your body to work properly and advise you about healthy choices you can make based on urine strip testing.

How can you track water consumption with VIVOO?

With 4 easy steps, you can start a healthier lifestyle! If you are trying to figure out how much water you should drink, try Vivoo! Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Let’s stop wasting time and get started!

First Step : Get your urine strip

Urine is a useful tool for understanding a lot about the human body. A urine test strip is the quickest way to test urine. The test strip which has small square color fields containing reactants on it, is dipped into the urine sample for a few seconds. The results appear after a few minutes. Depending on the concentration of the particular substance you are testing for, the fields on the test strip change color.

Second Step : Use Your Phone

To determine your urine test results, simply scan the strip using the Vivoo app.

Third Step: Receive Personalized Advice

Advice from the Vivoo app can help improve your health. In a matter of seconds, Vivoo can detect several parameters from your urine such as water consumption, infection, kidney & liver functions and more. Vivoo’s wellness tips are based on your test results and are unique to you.

Let’s drink a glass of water and download the Vivoo app 🙂

Vivoo Nutrition Team

Gluten-Free Diets Are Good For Weight Loss?

In recent years, with food tolerance tests becoming easier to reach, you may have heard many people saying “I am allergic to gluten. Gluten makes me gain weight”. But what is the truth? Do gluten-free diets help you with losing weight? In regards to this, what is that thing called gluten? A lot of people do not even know what gluten is when doing gluten-free diets.

Gluten is a kind of protein found in barley, oats, and wheat.

The most efficient researches about gluten-free diets are done on celiac disease patients. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease which causes gluten to harm the small intestine. It is a disease seen in one in a hundred. When celiac patients consume gluten the small intestine is harmed and is unable to absorb the nutrients out of foods properly. This causes their immune system to fail in time.

A research done in the United Kingdom in 2013 shows that 69% percent of the underweight people with celiac disease gained weight only after they were “diagnosed with the Celiac Disease”. Also, it has been observed that 18% of the overweight and 42% of the obese people with celiac disease lost weight after they were diagnosed with the disease. However, another study done in 2006 in the United Kingdom shows that 81% of the people who were diagnosed with the celiac disease gained weight.There are many inconsistencies in the studies that have been done, therefore, speaking with any certainty is not possible.Therefore, we can definitively say that gluten-free diet does not guarantee weight loss. It may cause you to lose weight, it may keep you the same, or it may cause you to gain weight…

Gluten-free diet does not mean low-calorie diet.

If it did, all the people with celiac disease would have no problems with their weight. The amount of food you eat is as important as what you eat. If you start eating gluten-free but eat a large portion of cornbread every day, you do not lose weight.

Peter Gibson, who is known for his researches on gluten sensitivity claims that the cause of the problem may not be gluten, but it may be the pesticide used on wheat; glyphosate. According to World Health Organization (WHO) glyphosate may cause depression, diabetes, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in addition to its possible cancerogenic effects. The most healthy way, of course, is to never use these type of chemicals in agriculture.

Lastly, if you are not gluten sensitive or have the celiac disease, I do not recommend the GLUTEN-FREE diet for the sake of losing weight.

She got her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. She became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in 2003 in the United States.  She went back to Istanbul in 2004 for good and opened a health center called “SAYASA” – The Art of Healthy Living. She has been teaching a class called “Counseling Applications” at Yeditepe University since 2011 . She is specialized in pediatric nutrition and obesity.