By Paula Scimone
This is a subject that sure gets a lot of attention. From health guru’s to experts, what exactly is the proper amount of water to drink on a daily basis?
Water is necessary for flushing your lymph system in order to remove toxins, fat and bacteria from your body. It prevents dehydration and replaces fluids lost from sweating (not to mention your body is 80% water) – but you may be surprised by how much you actually take in daily.
Have you ever MEASURED just how much H2O you drink?
It has long been recommended that you should drink 6-8 ounce glasses a day (64 oz) – but that is not always the case, such as for people who participate in a lot of exercise, pregnant mommies, or nursing women who may need more than the recommended amount.
The Harvard Health Letter recommends drinking 30-50 ounces a day. And most health professionals recommend ½ your bodyweight in ounces (e.g if you weigh 150lbs, you should drink 75 oz a day).
Staying hydrated isn’t all about drinking water; there are a lot of foods that contain decent amounts of fluids – watermelon, lettuce, spinach and soups all contain healthy amounts of water. Non-caffeinated teas can even contribute to your hydration.
Whether you listen to the advice of one health expert or another, the most important thing is to listen to your body and its built-in thirst instinct, because, while not drinking enough water is dangerous, drinking too much of it can be harmful too.
It’s not something you often think about, but your thirst mechanism kicks in when your brain notices your body water level is low; by then, you are already dehydrated – usually by a whopping 2%! Being thirsty is a symptom of dehydration.
Let’s take that 150lb person again. By the time they are 1% dehydrated, they have lost 1.5lbs in water weight.
When YOU are thirsty and you take a drink, how much water do you drink? 1.5lbs? Probably not.. Maybe a glass, if you’re lucky.
Some of the benefits of staying hydrated:
- Flushes and cleanses the body
- Maintains body temperatures
- Carries vitamins, minerals and hormones throughout your body
- Lubricates intestines, eyes and joints
- Aids constipation
- Alleviates pain
- Weight loss
- Improves blood circulation
- Slows premature aging
Amidst the business of daily life, it can often be difficult to leave it up to memory for you to get enough water into your body. This is why I suggest finding a tactic or an external reminder that can effectively help you to keep track of the amount of water you’re drinking each day.
I have 2 ways I like to track my daily water intake:
- I use a 20 oz water bottle and I have 4 rubber bands on it. I start my day with them at the top of the bottle. After I drink a full bottle, I move 1 rubber band to the bottom and then refill. Once all rubber bands are at the bottom, I know I made my goal of 80 oz.
- There are many free water tracker apps available for smartphones. Find one that suits your needs. I like the “Water Alert” app.
I personally have noticed many changes in my health and appearance since I made drinking 80 oz a day a priority nearly 2 years ago. Give it a try! Tune in to your body, set a water goal and see how much your health can improve with the mere wonders of water!
Do you know any other awesome tactics or reminder tips for keeping track of water intake? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
Paula Joined Fitlife.tv in July 2013 diagnosed with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis.A serious liver disease that causes cirrhosis of the liver leading to cancerous tumors.The disease is currently untreatable with medication. The only known cure is weight loss and healthy low fat diet combined with exercise.Paula started on a mission to cure herself,in March 2014 started with small group coaching and has lost over 45 lbs! Her liver specialist saw her for a routine visit in October 2014 delivering the news of a clean bill of health!
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