You hear it all the time, drink more water!
Water makes up about 60% of your weight and is vital for proper bodily functions. For example, it helps
- Get rid of wastes.
- Aid digestion and carry nutrients to your cells.
- Regulate your body temperature.
- Lubricate and cushion joints.
So how much water do you need to drink each day?
That's the big question.
The answer is...there is no one size fits all.
However, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine did complete a study in 2004 that found the following,
Women who were adequately hydrated consumed an average of 91 ounces of total water from beverages and food daily.
Men who were adequately hydrated consumed an average of 125 ounces of total water from beverages and food daily.
With that being said, your water intake should be tailored to you based on several factors including how active you are, your health, medications you are taking, the climate you live in, etc.
If you have concern that the above recommendation is not suitable for you, talk with your doctor.
Now let's talk about those 6 tips to get in your daily water requirement!
- Keep a water bottle with you at all times! This is probably the most helpful tip we have. Simply because if you don't have water near you, you aren't going to drink it.
- Buy water bottles that are equivalent to the total amount of water you need daily. Maybe that means you buy one big bottle or multiple small bottles. Either way fill them up each morning so they are ready to go for the day!
- Add flavor to your water to make it more appealing. Try fresh fruit or vegetables such as berries, lemon, lime, or cucumbers. Even fresh herbs are great!
- Set reminders for yourself. Maybe it's a note on your work calendar or an alarm on your phone. Setting reminders will help you drink all throughout the day rather than guzzling down your recommended amount before bed.
- Drink water during and after your workout! One of the ways we excrete water is by sweating. This means that we need to replenish that water source. Plus a refreshing glass of water always feels good after a hard training session!
- Consume foods that are high in water and can help you stay hydrated. Fruits and vegetables are great hydrating foods.
I hope you found this information helpful!