How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?
You may not think it, but a lot of the ups and downs you may experience in any given day could be due to a lack of hydration. Do you know how much water you’re drinking on a daily basis?
If you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis, it is likely that your body is dehydrated and you need to up your water intake.
Symptoms of Dehydration
Be on the lookout for these signs:
- you are constantly low in energy
- you always feel hungry and/or unsatisfied with your meals
- you frequently have a dull headache
Of course, drinking water isn’t a catch-all remedy for everything, so be sure to listen to your body and seek medical attention for issues that are persistent and effecting your daily quality of life.
How Much Water You Should Drink
When it comes to knowing how much water you should be drinking every day, most people can quote the standardized “8 ounces” of water recommended. The only issue with this is that everyone is uniquely created, and you may actually require more – or less – water than the average person does.
Try this calculation to find out what your unique water intake goals should be:
- Take your current weight in pounds, and multiply it by 0.5 (or 5%)
- This will equate to your ideal water consumption in ounces
- TIP: to make things easier for you to remember, use a water bottle that is big enough to keep you hydrated throughout the day without needing to refill it multiple times
Worried that you’ll have to run to the washroom every 5 minutes? Our bodies are meant to accommodate ample amounts of water intake, and by increasing your water consumption gradually, your bladder will accommodate by increasing in size slightly.
3 Ways to Drink More Water
- Drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning, while on an empty stomach. For increased alkalinity, add some lemon slices, which will give you a little kick to start your day.
- Keep a reusable, and if possible – metal, water bottle with you at all times, which you can refill whenever needed. When you’re feeling like you need a ‘little something’ (sugar, coffee, etc) take a long sip of water first and see if that satisfies your needs.
- For every cup of coffee you drink, be sure to counter with a glass of water to help reset your hydration levels.
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