How Much Water Should I Drink?

How Much Water Should I Drink?

  March is National Nutrition Month and our first order of business is “water!”The importance of water can not be overstated, yet the majority of Americans continue to walk around dehydrated. Water is vital for humans to function. You can go weeks without food, but only 5-7 days without water. How do you know if you are getting enough water? If you are thirsty, it means you are already dehydrated.

Common signs of dehydration:
  • fuzzy short-term memory
  • trouble with basic math
  • difficulty focusing on smaller print  ie. computer screens
  • daytime fatigue

You should drink one half of your body weight in ounces of water EVERY day.  This does not include tea, coffee, soda, wine or juice.

Example: a 150 pound person will need to drink 75 ounces of water each day.

Tip for Success: I recommend that you measure out the total amount of water needed each day and package it so that you will be more likely to drink it.  I use a water bottle that I know needs to be emptied 3 times each day in order for me to reach my goal. I only drink out of that bottle so I know exactly how much water I have consumed each day.
 Add lemon or lime slices to water to add a little flavor to your water. In the summer, I also like to add a few sprigs of fresh mint, too.
So drink up friends!! All you have to gain is energy, increased brain capacity, better focus and….lots of potty breaks!

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