Water gets rid of waste, regulates body temperature, provides cushioning for joints, and can protect sensitive tissue—along with a sea of other benefits. But are you a fish out of water when it comes to hydration?
How much water should you drink?
If you just google the answer most sites will tell you around 64 ounces; however, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicines, you should be drinking a little more. Adequate Intake for women over the age of 19 is 95 ounces and for men it is 131 ounces. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces every day. So if you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces! When in doubt- drink up! Your body will definitely be "thirsty" before you are dehydrated!
Why is it important to drink water?
Water is essential for your cells, tissues, and organs to function!
- Water eliminates waste from the body
- Water keeps your brain functioning at its best
- Water increases endurance
- Water regulates your body temperature
- Water protects your spine and keeps your joints running smoothly
It is especially important that you stay hydrated when working out or during summer- hello 85 degrees and sweat! The more you sweat, the more you have to replenish your supply!
A few tips to drink more?
- get a water bottle you love! For me this means it has to fit in the cupholder in my car and it has to be glass so I can add my Essential Oils, which brings me to number 2
- Add flavor! Essential Oils have tons of benefits and one just happens to be how Yummy they make my water. Just grab a couple drops of Orange or Lemon Vitality, throw in some sprig of mint and Viola! It's a summer dream!
- Drink a glass before every meal
- Skip sugary beverages, fluid doesn't always mean HYDRATING, and one more thing... skip some of the caffeine, it has the opposite effect - dehydration!