The old standard answer of eight, eight-ounce glasses of water daily for everyone has changed. Now experts say that the amount you need depends on your activity level, weight and the climate where you live.
You should drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water daily for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink between 80 ounces and 160 ounces of water every day. If you exercise a lot and live in a hot climate, you should consume water in the higher range. If you live in a cooler climate and are sedentary, you do not need to drink as much.
Water helps weight loss
Water is essential for every important function of the body. It is involved in every type of cellular process in the body, including metabolism, so getting enough water is essential for weight loss. Drinking water before a meal helps you feel full so that you don’t overeat, and helps you digest it properly, too.
Water helps your kidneys work properly, and allows your bowels to eliminate waste so that you don’t get constipated. In addition, when you get enough water, it prevents the build up of minerals in your urine that can form crystals that lead to painful kidney and urinary stones. This is true not only for adults but also children, many of whom do not drink enough water today and eat a poor diet.
Water is great for your skin and flushes out toxins. It keeps you from feeling tired and fatigued. When you get enough water, it helps your heart pump your blood more effectively, and water can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells. It also keeps your muscles from cramping. If you find yourself feeling tired at the gym, drink a couple of cups of water before you work out.
A good test to see if you are getting enough water
A good way to tell whether you are getting enough water is to check the color of your urine. If it is clear or light yellow and has little odor, you are probably getting enough water. If it is dark and smells strong, you are likely dehydrated.
It doesn’t have to be a chore to increase your water consumption!
• Keep a glass of water or a sports bottle on your desk at work and fill it up from the water fountain.
• Gradually switch cups of soda or coffee for water throughout the day.
• Drink two cups of water before each meal to fill you up, and you’ve already consumed 48 ounces of water.
• Add lemon, limes, fresh cucumber or herbs to your water to create flavorful water.
Don’t forget to drink up – your water, that is – every day! Your health will thank you.