We’ve all heard that drinking enough water each day is important to our health but why? And how much water do we actually need each day?
Although it ranges based on sex, age, and fitness level, on average our bodies are about 60% of our total body weight. Our bodies need water for a number of reasons – it aids in digestion, lubricates our joints and energizes our muscles, helps to maintain a normal body temperature, transports nutrients throughout our bodies, aids in circulation, and helps with the removal of waste from the body (pee, sweat, poop). It can also help aid in weight loss by helping to keep you full longer, and swapping it out in place of high calorie or sugar filled beverages definitely helps keep the calories down which can definitely lead to weight loss in the long run. In terms of a beauty regime, it can sometime be like a natural botox as can be seen in this article where this lady upped her daily water intake over the course of a month, and really the photos do just speak for themselves.
Not drinking enough water leads to dehydration, and some of the signs include a dry mouth, fatigue, headaches and dizziness. The best way to tell if you’re dehydrated is to look at your pee – when properly hydrated it’s clear, and when you’re dehydrated it’s a yellow or orange color. When you get dehydrated, your body doesn’t have the fluids that it needs to get blood to your organs, which can lead to serious health complications if you’re not careful. Water is even more important to our bodies than food – you can survive a few weeks without food, but only about 5-7 days without water….enough said!
So how much water do you need? Do you really need to follow the 8, 8 oz. glasses rule a day? Not IMHO. Although I think it is a good average to throw out there for people, I don’t think that it’s realistic that a woman that’s 5 feet tall and weights 100 pounds and a man that’s 6’5″ and weighs 300 pounds are going to both benefit the same way from drinking 64 oz. of water each day. The rule that I go by is that you take your body weight (in pounds) and divide that in half, and that’s the number of ounces you need to get each day. So if you’re 200 pounds, you should aim to drink 100 oz. of water a day.
If you’re struggling to up your water intake, here are some tips to help you out:
- Bedside: Keep a large glass or bottle of water water next to your bed, and upon waking chug the entire thing. Doing so will help kickstart your water intake that day, re-hydrate you, gets your digestive going, renews your cells, and will help your skin glow.
- Infusions: If plain water is boring to you, try to make your own infusions with some of your favorite fruits, vegetables and herbs like strawberries, pineapple, cucumbers, mint, sage, etc.
- Sparkles: Need a little umph to your water? Try sparkling water – a sparkly, bubbly version of water that comes natural or in flavors like lemon or lime.
- Tracking: Not sure how much water you’re drinking? Carry around a water bottle with you so you know exactly how much you’re consuming each day. I like these BPA-free ones Camelbak Eddy Bottle (0.75-Liter/24-Ounce,Charcoal)
- Eat: Most fruits and vegetables contain a good amount of water that can be easily absorbed by the body. Some of the ones that contain the most amount of water are watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, oranges, cantaloupe, apples, cucumber, lettuce, celery, spinach, and peppers just to name a few.
- Diet: Looking to lose a few pounds? Water can help with that. Before meals, try to drink 2 glasses of water. It will help fill you up before your meal and help cut back on the amount of food your consuming. Getting hunger pains? Down a glass of water – most of the time you think you’re hungry, you’re actually just thirsty and drinking water can help alleviate those hunger pangs.