How much should you drink each day?
Good question, but not an easy answer. Ever heard eight 8-ounce glasses a day? 8 x 8 Rule, yep, me too. Is it the same for everyone? Studies vary based on several factors including how active you are, your current health, and even where you live. You know your body, let’s determine how many fluids you need.
What Factors Influence Your Needs?
Your body needs water to survive because we are made up of over 60 percent water. For you to have good health every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water. Lack of water leads to dehydration, which drains your energy and makes you tired.
· Exercise – anytime you sweat, you lose body fluids. With fluid loss, you need to drink more water – simple. More intense workouts, more fluids in the body.
· Good Health – when you’re sick, run a fever, vomit, diarrhea, you lose fluids. Drink water, rehydrate.
· Environment – if it’s hot and humid, drink water. High altitudes, drink water.
· Pregnancy – drink lots of water, more than one of you now. Stay Hydrated!
How Do You Know You’re Hydrated?
If you rarely feel thirsty, do not have a dry mouth, and your urine is colorless or light yellow, you probably are drinking enough water. To prevent dehydration, limit your number of soft drinks, coffee and make water your beverage of choice:
· Make sure you drink a glass of water at every meal and between each meal
· Drink water before, during and after exercise
· If you’re feeling hungry, drink some water
But what you eat can also fill your body with fruits and vegetables– watermelon, spinach; other drinks such as milk, juice, teas. Watch your consumption of energy drinks, soda, coffee, basically just drink more water.