How Much Water Should You ACTUALLY Drink?!
Hydration is key…
This is one of the most difficult questions to truly answer, as there are so many alternatives in play. Each person’s body is completely different, thus giving an unspecified certain amount of water to drink per day. Another huge element to think about is what foods and water-based beverages we are consuming. Although, I do not by any means recommend replacing your water intake with other beverages, it still plays a factor on how much water consumption each person needs.
I am sure you have heard of, and probably try to live by the rule: 8 cups of water per day. Most of the time I hear this, I think, well at least people are striving for high goals. The reason for this is because most people don’t actually need 8 full cups of water per day, as they have already had water filled fruits, vegetables, coffee, Gatorade, etc. On the bright side, drinking more water is better than drinking less and getting dehydrated.
The best advice I can give for how much water to actually drink is: as much as your body and mind desire. If you are thirsty, that means you are already getting dehydrated. You need to drink water throughout the day to prevent yourself from getting to this point. Try to drink a cup when you wake up, a cup 15 minutes before each meal, and a cup before going to bed. If throughout the day, you are still thirsty, implement a cup in between meals as well. Continue to increase the amount as your body feels fit. Another feature that we need to be aware of is exercise. When we exercise, we need more water as our body is using much of it to cool the body. Your best bet is to drink water the day before and hours prior to your exercise. This will ensure that you have enough water to sweat out and keep yourself hydrated throughout the workout.
One of the biggest benefits to drinking the right amount of water for your body (besides keeping yourself healthy and alive), especially if you are overweight is – all that extra water will actually curb your appetite, and you will start eating smaller meals. Ones that are the intended size for your stomach. This can very easily help you shed a few pounds while staying extra healthy along the way. Lastly, another fantastic benefit to drinking more water is increased brain function and energy levels. Water is our body’s much needed fuel, just like food. We need both to survive and operate accordingly. Increase your water and you will notice a difference in your attentiveness, energy, and productivity.
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Kim Shapira MS, RD