Are you drinking enough water?
Even if you think you are, you probably aren’t. The human body can be up to 75% water, but some estimates show in an obese individual water content in the body can be as low as 45%.
Water is responsible for many functions of the body and dehydration can make us feel tired, sluggish and bloated.
Most people would benefit from drinking more water. As a society, we are addicted to caffeinated drinks like soda and coffee. Pop has no nutritional benefit, and is loaded with sugar and calories. Coffee is natural and does have some health benefits, but it is a diuretic and can actually dehydrate you if you don’t drink enough water.
How much should we be drinking? We’ve all heard the “8 glasses a day” rule and that is not a bad place to start, but the truth is, how much you need is different for everyone. It varies depending on your age, health, and activity level.
A good way to tell if you are getting enough water is to look at your urine. It should be very light in color. A yellow or darker colored urine typically means you are dehydrated.
Of course if you are active, on days you workout you are going to need more water. Recommendations for hydration during exercise are:
Two hours before: 17-20 oz
Every 10-20 min. during exercise: 7-10 oz or more based on sweat loss
After exercise: 16-24 oz per pound of body weight lost
To be sure I am drinking enough water, I never leave home without my BPA free water bottle. I re-fill it all day long at work, at home, or at the gym. Recently I counted how many re-fills of the 24 oz bottle I drank in a day. The total? Eight.
Try swapping out your usual beverage for water for one week and I guarantee you will feel better almost instantly. Toss the soda and juice and drink water instead, and you’ll lose weight too!