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How much water should I be drinking
Posted on January 05 2023,
Drinking water is one of the cheapest and easiest things we can do to improve our health, and one of the best parts about it is that you don’t have to join a gym, you don’t have to take a pill, and it’s free.
Our bodies are made up of 60% water, so it’s no wonder we need this vital liquid to stay hydrated so our organs can function in the right way.
But throughout the years, one recurring question has always been: how much water should I drink?
As humans, we are all shaped differently, with different bodies and needs. Following a personal routine and discovering what’s best for each one of us is the trick to staying our healthiest.
Some people don’t enjoy drinking water, or they have a hard time doing it, but it’s important we know the benefits and why we must do it because otherwise, our bodies will not function properly.
BENEFITS OF WATER
- Helps with weight loss
- Makes your organs function in the right way
- Assists with blood pressure
- Prevents dehydration
- Averts constipation
- Prevents urinary tract infections
As you can see it is impossible to survive without water. Now, let’s talk about the exact amount you should be drinking every day.
Because of various body weights and activity levels, the amount of water per person varies. You’ll hear you need to drink 8 (8 oz) glasses a day, but this is not quite right. One of the most supported theories is that we should be drinking half to two-thirds of our weight in ounces (1) to keep balance and maintain a good physical condition.
The food we eat has liquids therefore we consume a percentage of water in them, which we also need to add to the equation to ingest the right amount. Besides, the activities we do throughout the day and the weather we are in, among other conditions, will play a role too in how much water we lose, and we must be aware so we are able to define how much we are taking up to replace that loss.
While doing this, is important you know the existence of water intoxication, which can be dangerous to your health. Over-consuming is a risk too. Drinking too little or too much is not beneficial for us and that’s why is crucial to find the balance to make sure you stay hydrated.
If you are feeling healthy, eating well, and your urine is light yellow; that means you are taking the necessary amount for yourself.
Now, you need to learn how to identify dehydration signs, such as the followings:
- Dark and strong-smelling urine
- Feeling tired and lightheaded
- Dry skin
If you start to get any of these symptoms, you probably are dehydrated and it’s vital you hydrate yourself so it doesn’t get worse.
You should be listening to what your body and health need. Our recommendation is to drink water right when you wake up, with your food, and throughout the day when you feel like it. If you sometimes struggle with drinking water, creating a reminder on your phone and having a bottle with you at all times can be helpful.
It’s hard to think but there are some people that truly don’t like drinking water, it could be because they don’t find it interesting enough or they don’t enjoy the flavor. A few ways of making it more stimulating are:
- Add fresh drops of lemon
- Slice cucumbers and add them
- Drink no sugar, no calories flavored sparkling water
- Try it with different fruits
- You can even make fruit ice cubs
To this formula, you should add having a balanced life with nutritious food, regular exercise, and always checking in with your doctors since they’ll have the best recommendation for your needs.
As you see, this is one of the easiest ways to improve your health, and we hope this article inspires you to keep drinking more water and improving yourself.