Some people drink water without even thinking about it. Others have to work to keep up with even a couple glasses a day. It’s important to remember that drinking enough water is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, so how do you know if you’re drinking too much or not enough?
This is a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables that go into the equation. We’ve all heard that adults should drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day. This suggestion is for the ‘average’ person, but who is average? The factors that go into how much water you should drink daily are numerous. These include:
Climate: Living in a hot or dry climate means you probably perspire more, and therefore need to drink more water than someone who lives in a cooler environment.
Exercise: Individuals who exercise or workout on a daily basis (and therefore lose water through perspiration) need to drink more water than those who do not.
Other Sources: If you think you can only get water from a bottle, you’re wrong. Everything you take in, from the coffee you drink to the apples you eat, counts toward your daily intake, so it’s important to factor in other sources of water when considering how much you actually ‘drink’ on a daily basis.
There is no simple answer to the question of how much water is enough for you. Try to keep up with at least eight 8 oz. glasses every day—totaling 64 ounces—but there aren’t any downsides to increasing your daily water intake past that level. Some diets or exercise plans advise drinking at least a gallon of water a day, while others suggest at least 3.5 liters for men and 2.5 for women.
What Drinking Water Does for Your Body
There are many health benefits to drinking water. It helps your skin stay hydrated and tight. Getting enough water aids in digestion. It can also improve your sleep, giving you more energy throughout the day. Staying hydrated keeps your joints and tendons lubricated, making you more mobile.
But most importantly, drinking water helps boost your metabolism. Water helps keep the chemical reactions that occur inside your body running smoothly. Even the slightest bit of dehydration can affect your body’s function.
Oddly enough, there is such a thing as drinking too much water. Hyponatremia, or overhydration, can cause many of the same symptoms as dehydration: headaches, nausea, confusion, and bloating. But unless you’re trying to overhydrate, it’s very difficult to do so. So unless you’re an extreme athlete, don’t worry about overhydrating anytime soon.
How Can You Drink More Water?
If you find yourself having trouble drinking enough water, or if you don’t see how anyone can drink a whole gallon a day, try spicing up your flat beverage. Try infusing some herbs or fruit into it. Or, if warm beverages are more your style, herbal teas are a great addition to any diet. Many are packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals, so you can get an extra boost while staying hydrated.
With all the health benefits of drinking water, there’s hardly any reason not to drink more. If you need to ask ‘Should I drink more water?’, the answer is probably ‘Yes.’
One last benefit of drinking water that we forgot to mention, but one that should come as a no-brainer: drinking water flushes out toxins from the body. These toxins can attach themselves to muscles, causing aches, pains, and sore joints after workouts. If you end up hurting after a workout, try drinking a little more water before or during your exercise routine.
But if that’s not enough and you’re still in pain, make an appointment at Airrosti. We take the time to diagnose the root cause of your pain and fix it fast so you can get back to doing what you love. Come to Airrosti today and see how we treat pain differently.
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