There’s no getting around it. We need water to survive. 60% of our body is made up of water, and we are constantly losing water by means of sweating and urination. It’s important for us to stay hydrated because proper hydration is very beneficial to our well being, in more ways than one. It is often debated how much water we should be consuming in a given day. The most common answer is eight 8-ounce glasses of water, which is equal to about 2 liters. However, a lot of people disagree with this “one size fits all” answer. There are a lot of factors that determine how much water you need to drink to stay hydrated. Your weight, activity level, and where you live are great indicators.
To determine how much water you should be drinking, divide your weight in half and drink ½ ounce to an ounce for every pound you weigh. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should consume anywhere from 75-150 ounces of water per day. If you live in a warmer climate and exercise frequently, you need to consume closer to 150 ounces in order to stay properly hydrated.
If you keep yourself hydrated, you will be keeping yourself healthy. There are a lot of benefits to staying hydrated, such as:
- Staying hydrated can keep your energy levels up, and improve your mood and concentration.
- Drinking water can help with weight control. Proper hydration can increase your metabolism and reduce your appetite. If you drink 500 mL of water about half an hour before a meal, you’re less likely to overeat.
- Proper hydration has been linked to preventing health problems. Increased water intake can help with constipation, and put you at a lower risk of bladder and colorectal cancers. Additionally, consuming more water decreases your risk of kidney stones.
- When we sweat, we lose water. Staying hydrated keeps our muscles energized so we can continue to work out and exercise.
- If our body is well hydrated, we reduce our risk of aching joints, muscle cramps and muscle strains.
- Proper hydration promotes digestion.
Staying hydrated is obviously important to our overall health. Remember that in warmer climates like Arizona, fluid loss occurs faster. So you need to drink more water to compensate for that. If you need help, try this hydration calculator to see how much water you need during your outdoor workout!
Now that you know how to stay properly hydrated, it’s time to make your eating habits healthy too! Eat your way to health with these tips.
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