Ever wonder how much water you need each day?
Dr Ellen Lewis shared an information packed presentation at the Connecticut Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Council Event. One of her tips made so much sense, I just had to share it!
To figure out how much water you should drink each day, divide your weight (in pounds) by 2. You need to drink that number of ounces of water each day.
Weight: 150 lbs
Divided by 2: 75
This person should drink 75 ounces of water per day.
If that seems like a lot – think about it this way. Your body needs water to move your blood through your body, make your lymph system work, and hydrate your tissues. The bigger the body – the more fluid you need.
Without the proper amount of water, your body doesn’t function properly. It is more than just dry skin or dry mouth – it is reducing your body’s ability to flow. This can result in achy joints and muscles, high blood pressure, reduced kidney function, and that’s just the start of the list of possible issues.
Really? Does it have to be water?
Well, no, but water is best for the majority of your fluid intake. Water doesn’t contain anything more – it is just water. No calories, no additive, nothing extra. Unsweetened herbal tea (or sweetened with pure Stevia) would be next in preference. A squirt of fruit juice into water adds a bit of flavor without any real addition of calories. Coffee is fine as some of your fluids – although it contains caffeine, but no additional calories. Non-fat milk works well for some of your fluid intake, but does have calories. Fruit juices carry quite a few calories and should be enjoyed in moderation.
Things you shouldn’t count/use as your daily fluid intake:
Soda: Nope, it doesn’t count. Treat soda as liquid candy – it is loaded with calories and chemicals your body doesn’t need and often can’t use. Even diet soda is loaded with chemicals, and is often high in sodium which counteracts your hydration efforts.
Sports Drinks: Unless you need to replace electrolytes because you have been seriously sweating for an extended period of time, you should use a sports drink. Originally designed to aid athletes in performance, somehow sports drinks have become a casual beverage. Seriously, it isn’t a “health drink” – stop it.
Powdered Stuff: Pouring a powder into your water bottle loads it up with chemicals your body doesn’t need. The exception to this would be pure powered lemon or lime juice.
Are you getting enough water each day? Keep track today and find out. Experiment with increasing your intake. How does it make you feel? Yes, you may have to visit the restroom more often, but a bit more walking doesn’t hurt either!