How Much Water do I really Need??
So there is a great debate going on out in the health and fitness world on how much water is the right amount for the body. And unfortunately the people left dazed and confused are the masses who rely on the information. So lucky for you I have done some research and pulled the most up to date information I could find and slogged through it to hopefully make some sense of it for you.
The old adage of drinking 8 glasses of eight-ounces of water a day has been thrown to the curb. Did you know? Because I didn’t. Apparently this just isn’t enough water for the body.
According to the Mayo Clinic: water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60% of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. And literally everything you do use’s stored water reserves. So every system in your body depends on water. (Kind of makes your head spin, right? And even that use’s stored water…) so by the time you feel thirsty, it is already too late. You are already dehydrated.
- Typical symptoms of dehydration can range from minor to severe:
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth and swollen tongue
- Palpitations (feeling that the heart is pounding)
- Inability to sweat
- Decreased urine output
So how much water should you be drinking, if the 8 glasses of eight-ounce rule is no longer the norm? Well according to the Mayo Clinic, men should be drinking 13 cups/3 liters/100 ounces, woman should be drinking: 9 cups/2.2 liters/74 ounces.
At WebMD the calculation was a little more complicated but it took into account different physical activity and was more accurate for each person saying you should drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound of water you weigh every day. For example, if you weigh 150lb, you would drink between 75 and 150 ounces of water every day.
If you work out or live in a hot climate you would drink closer to the 150 ounces, but if you were sedentary and lived in a cooler climate you would drink closer to the 75 ounces.
Ways to stay hydrated: Always keep a *reusable bottle of water on hand, eat lots of fruits and vegetable they have tons of natural water in them, stop drinking soda (believe it or not these can actually dehydrate you). If you have to have your soda then make sure to increase you water intake.
Trust me I have struggled with the soda issue myself. Try not to drink all your water at one time, this can leave your body struggling for water at the opposite end of the day. Keep the water cold! Put reminders on your phone to drink more water. Add fruit or vegetables to your water.
Remember that water is known as the essence of life. So drink up!!!
**I would be remiss if I did not at least mention that there is a condition known as water intoxication, or water poisoning. This is a very rare condition. And you would have to drink an enormous amount of water to have water poisoning.