Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day?
We’ve all heard that drinking eight glasses of water a day is the target, but is that enough? Could it be too much? And does it have to be water or do other fluids count?
Water is the most vital component of your body and every single cell depends on it. We need water to help eliminate wastes and toxins, carry nutrients and oxygen to cells, help act as a cushion for your nervous system, keep joints lubricated, regulate our body temperature and, most importantly, keep body cells hydrated.
Yet the question still remains. How much water should you drink each day?
How can you know if you’re getting enough water to keep your metabolism cranking at peak efficiency and your digestive system functioning? The formula used to be “one size fits all” — eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. But that’s changed, experts say.
It depends on your size and weight, and also on your activity level and where you live. In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.
For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. If you’re living in a hot climate and exercising a lot, you’d be on the higher end of that range; if you’re in a cooler climate and mostly sedentary, you’d need less.
Another quick way to check: look in the bowl after you’ve gone to the bathroom. If your urine is clear or very light yellow and has little odor, you’re well hydrated. The darker and more aromatic your urine, the more dehydrated you are.
· Carry an insulated sports bottle with you and fill it up periodically.
· Keep a glass of water on your desk at work.
· Keep another glass next to your bed. Many of us wake up dehydrated first thing in the morning.
· Switch one glass of soda or cup of coffee for a glass of water.
· Drink small amounts of water throughout the day. Six glasses all at once isn’t good for you!