Water is an essential nutrient—we can’t live without it. In fact, every system in the body depends on water. It’s key to our biological functions, including regulating body temperature, carrying nutrients and oxygen to cells, removing waste products, and keeping pH levels balanced. We constantly lose water, so we need to replace it. But how much do you really need?
How Much Is Enough?
Forget the typical rule of eight glasses of water a day. Some people may need more. The amount of fluid you require depends on several factors, including gender, age, and health issues. And you’ll need even more water when you’re in hot climates or engaging in physical activity.
Generally, it’s recommended to take half your body weight and drink that amount daily in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, try to drink 100 ounces every day. And for every 30 minutes that you work out, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends adding 12 ounces of water to your daily intake. These are only basic guidelines, however. It’s important to talk with your doctor to make sure you’re getting the right amount.
Wet Your Appetite
Don’t drink water much? Here are some tips for better hydration:
Keep a glass or water bottle on your desk at work.
Add a wedge of lemon or lime to your water for extra flavor.
Toss a bottle of water in your bag or briefcase so you can drink up when you’re on the go.
Choose water when eating out.