Drinking water doesn’t have to be boring.
Up to 60% of the adult human body is made up of water. It’s no wonder that we’re always told to “make sure we’re hydrated.”
But we still may not understand why it’s important.
Water helps prevent dehydration, which can cause confusing thoughts, changes in mood, overheating body, constipation and kidney stones.
“If you don’t take care of your body, your body won’t take care of you.” says Amy Werner, certified Institute of Integrated Nutrition health coach.
Water is powerful for your body because it helps:
- Regulate body temperature.
- Lubricate and cushion joints.
- Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.
- Get rid of waste through urination, perspiration and bowel movements.
Your body may need more water (than average) if you’re:
- Living in or visiting a hot climate.
- Increasing your physical activity.
- Running a fever.
- Having diarrhea or vomiting.
So just how much water do you need?
It’s recommended that people drink about one-half to two-thirds of their body weight (in pounds) in ounces each day. For example, a 180-pound person needs approximately 90 to 120 ounces of water each day.
Tips to drink more water
If you’re not a fan of plain water, consider adding fresh fruit and herbs to jazz it up.
Carry a water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day. Get a water bottle for each member of your family to keep everyone’s intake in check.
Start your morning with a cup of water and then sip throughout the day.
Limit liquids that lead to dehydration
Avoid or reduce your intake of soda, alcohol and caffeinated drinks as they can all lead to dehydration.
One way to make sure you’re properly hydrated is to check your urine. If it’s pale or clear, then you’re properly hydrated. If it’s darker in color then keep drinking water.