How much water should you be drinking?

How much water should you be drinking?

You've probably heard it said that you should drink about eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. However, recent studies show that that saying is about as inaccurate as saying any car needs 12 gallons of gas. While that may be true for some cars, it's certainly not a rule for every car. How much water your body needs is affected by your size, your weight, your activity level and where you live.

The best way to calculate your needed water intake is by evaluating your size. Experts recommend that you drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you would need to drink between 75 and 150 ounces of water a day.

Why so much H2O? Your body is made up primarily of water (60 percent) and needs water to carry out many of its necessary daily activities. Water helps you:

  •  Regulate your body temperature
  •  Cushion your joints
  •  Lubricate soft tissues in your body, including those around your ears, nose, throat and spine
  •  Sweat
  •  Urinate
  •  Carry out bowel movements
  •  Flush out toxins
  •  Deliver nutrients to your cells

These are the basic tasks that water carries out in your body every day, but there are also external factors that increase your need for water. If you're involved in heavy exercise, live in a hot or humid climate, pregnant or breastfeeding or suffering from an illness that causes you to vomit or excrete bodily fluids, you may need to increase your water intake.

Drinking water before, during and after meals has also proven to have extra health benefits, including weight loss. When you give your body plenty of fuel to carry out its daily processes, it rewards you by operating more efficiently. Studies have shown that people who drank water before meals when dieting lost more weight and kept it off longer. Keep in mind that water can also be consumed in other ways. You take in water when you eat fruits, vegetables, soups and other liquids, though they shouldn't be your primary water source.

If you want to know more about the affect water has on your health and your diet, visit a nutritionist or your physician for a personal evaluation.

Posted: 5/15/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: Drinking, Healthy, Hydrate, Hydrated, Lifestyle, Staying, Water

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