Water is such a tricky thing. Many of us aren’t quite a fan of having to drink water on a regular basis, despite its absolute necessity to stay hydrated. We absolutely need to drink enough on a regular basis to keep our bodies running properly, and to avoid catastrophic failure. While that might sound dramatic, it’s not – it is that important.
While you could survive weeks without food, you could only survive a few days without water. So, why is it so important?
Why is water so important?
Water is key to so many of your body’s functions – it helps regulate body temperature, it circulates nutrients and oxygen to cells, it lubricates the joints, it keeps the skin and mucous membranes hydrated, and protects the organs.
When we don’t drink enough, our body can become dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration may vary from person to person, but can include:
- – Headaches
- – Dizziness
- – Thirst
- – Dry skin and mouth
- – Infrequent urination
- – Fatigue
- – Irritability
- – Irregular heartbeat
While you can pay attention to these signs of dehydration, you can determine your state of hydration by the color of your urine. A darker golden or yellow color indicates dehydration, while lighter, clearer colors are a good sign of hydration.
So then, it’s extremely important to ensure you get enough water, but how much is enough to keep you properly hydrated?
You could go with the 8×8 rule…
There are many different recommendations for water intake. The most common recommendation for water intake – eight 8 oz glasses a day for a total of 64 oz. While this is a good baseline, it’s not always enough for everyone. There are many factors to consider when it comes to your intake – for example, size, activity level, and location in the world (some locations are much drier than others).
So, what are some other, more precise ways of determining your daily water needs?
There are many ways of determining the amount of water you need on a daily basis, though these recommendations may vary.
For example, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommend about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men, and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.
If you spoke with a dietitian, they might recommend that you drink 1 mL of water for every calorie you eat (so if you ate 2,000 calories per day, you need about 2,000 mL or 66 oz per day; 30 mL = 1 oz).
Another popular search result is to drink ½ oz to 1 oz for every pound of body weight.This means a 150lb person would have to drink between 75oz-150oz. Keep in mind it is technically possible to drink too much water, which can over-work your kidneys and cause them to dilute the amount of sodium in your blood. This could be life-threatening, though it is very rare.
So what’s the final verdict?
It’s important to ensure that you are conscious of the amount of water you’re taking in. The 8×8 rule isn’t a bad one to follow, but if you notice that you exhibit signs of dehydration, it might be a good idea to increase that amount you’re drinking on a regular basis.
It’s also important to consider that you may need additional water after experiencing increased water loss. For example, you lose a lot of water when you sweat after exercise! Remember that if you participate in regular physical activity, you’ll need more than when you’re at rest. Pay attention to your body and give it what it needs.
For those who just hate drinking water…
It can be difficult to drink enough on a regular basis. So whether you hate the taste, or just conveniently ‘forget’ to drink throughout the day, here are a few tips that you can use to increase your water intake:
- Add fresh fruit, like strawberries, cucumber, lemons, or limes
- Buy a reusable bottle to bring with you everywhere you go
- Give yourself a reward after a week of meeting your daily water goals
- Add sugar-free flavor packets to give your drink some flavor
- Add your Purality Health® supplements! Our products can all be added to water for some flavor and will remain as potent as if you took them right from the bottle or off of a spoon…